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Man struck, killed by jet on Austin airport runway identified

An investigation was underway Friday after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 struck and killed a man who was on a runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (CNN VAN photo)
An investigation was underway Friday after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 struck and killed a man who was on a runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (CNN VAN photo)(KWTX)
Published: May. 7, 2020 at 9:48 PM CDT
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Investigators are still trying to determine how a man got onto a runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport where he was struck killed by a landing commercial jet.

The ma, whom police identified Tuesday as Junin Ko, 22, did not have a security badge required to enter the airport’s secure side, Austin-Bergstrom spokesman Bryce Dubee told the Austin-American Statesman Tuesday.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 struck and killed Ko as the plane landed last Thursday night.

"I believe there might be a person on the runway,” the pilot told air traffic controllers as the plane landed at 8:12 p.m. Thursday.

An airport employee later found Ko’s body on Runway 17-R.

Southwest issued a statement in which it said the pilot “maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible on runway 17-R shortly after touchdown.”

After landing, the plane taxied to a gate.

“Southwest is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and (the) FAA as those agencies investigate the event,” the airline said.

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