SWA 1392 hits person on runway in AUS

Old May 7, 20, 9:36 pm
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SWA 1392 hits person on runway in AUS

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Old May 7, 20, 9:48 pm
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May have been a homeless man.

A watch commander for the Austin Police Department said the deceased person was not dressed as an airport worker and did not have ID.
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Old May 7, 20, 10:26 pm
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How did this person manage to get onto the runway? It sounds like a complete failure of airport security (TSA). It's especially disturbing that this incident happened at a time when there wouldn't have been many people or long lines at the airport, going through TSA airport security, etc.
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Old May 7, 20, 10:33 pm
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Some of the chatter on twitter speculates that it was an airport employee despite the lack of ID or uniform.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
How did this person manage to get onto the runway? It sounds like a complete failure of airport security (TSA). It's especially disturbing that this incident happened at a time when there wouldn't have been many people or long lines at the airport, going through TSA airport security, etc.
Is the TSA responsible for Perimeter security at airports? Screening pax and baggage yes, but isn't each airport authority responsible for the physical security of the airport itself? Im pretty sure that has nothing to do with TSA...
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Old May 7, 20, 11:55 pm
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A homeless person on a runway did this?
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Looks like the nacelle hit a car, not a comparatively flimsy person.
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Originally Posted by trooper View Post
Is the TSA responsible for Perimeter security at airports? Screening pax and baggage yes, but isn't each airport authority responsible for the physical security of the airport itself? Im pretty sure that has nothing to do with TSA...
tsa only manages security at the front and side doors. The fence line is not included :-)
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Old May 8, 20, 7:51 am
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Must have impacted at quite the high speed. Thankfully for the long runways at AUS. I think Vr is about 130 knots (rotation or lift off) and V1 (the speed beyond which takeoffshould no longer be aborted) is below that. I believe it.
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Must have impacted at quite the high speed. Thankfully for the long runways at AUS. I think Vr is about 130 knots (rotation or lift off) and V1 (the speed beyond which takeoffshould no longer be aborted) is below that. I believe it.
The incident appeared to have occurred on landing.
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Well they touch down at about 130 knots as well... Wonder if the pilots even saw him... Had to be a scary clunk for those near the exit row.
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KVUE-ABC. The pilots reported seeing the person just after the airplane touched down.

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