Man hit by plane, killed on ABIA runway, identified by police

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – A man hit and killed by a passenger plane after landing on a runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Thursday evening was identified by Austin police.

Police say Junin Ko, 22, was killed on the runway. Ko was pronounced dead at 8.41 p.m. Thursday.

The crew of Southwest Flight 1392 reported seeing “an unauthorized person” on runway 17-right at 8:12 p.m. ABIA said an airport operations team found Ko who had been hit.

There has been no update from airport officials on how Ko got on the runway. Officials confirmed to KXAN that the person killed was not a badged employee at the airport.

The airport resumed normal operations on Friday, but the Southwest Airlines aircraft involved in the incident showed cancellations for its four scheduled flights the next day.

Southwest Airlines said it “fully cooperates with local law enforcement and the FAA as these agencies investigate the incident.

“The southwest plane maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible on runway 17R shortly after touchdown,” the southwest said in a statement.

The audio between the Southwest Airlines pilot and the air traffic control tower describes what happened on the runway.

Southwest: “Tower, southwest 1392, we think there might be someone on the trail. “
ABIA Tower: “Southwest 1392, where exactly do you see the man? “
Southwest: “Well, they, uh, they’re behind us, they’re behind us now. “
ABIA Tower: “Southwest 1392, Roger. So you saw them right after you landed? “
Southwest: “Affirm”.
ABIA Tower: “1392, Roger.”

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