Southwest, FedEx planes narrowly avoid collision in Texas – NBC Chicago


A FedEx cargo plane attempting to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday morning had to change course after a second plane was cleared from the same runway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The pilot of the FedEx aircraft aborted the landing and began a climb,” the FAA said in a statement.

The Boeing 767 cargo plane was several miles from the airport when it was cleared to land, according to the FAA. But just before it was supposed to land, an air traffic controller gave the go-ahead for a plane operated by Southwest Airlines to take off.

In a tweet on Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board described it as a “possible runway incursion and overflight involving aircraft from Southwest Airlines and FedEx.”

The Southwest flight was able to take off safely, according to the FAA.

The FAA and NTSB said they were investigating the incident.

Shannon Davis, spokesperson for FedEx, said in an emailed statement, “FedEx Express Flight 1432 from Memphis, Tennessee to Austin, Texas landed safely after encountering an event just prior to landing at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport this morning.”

Davis and Southwest Airlines referred further questions to the FAA and NTSB.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Austin-Bergstrom International said it was “aware of the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation into a failed flight landing. We will assist our FAA partners and their investigation if necessary.”

A similar call was averted at John F. Kennedy International Airport last month after an American Airlines plane crossed a runway as a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 prepared for takeoff. The Delta plane came to a stop about 1,000 feet from where the American Airlines plane had crossed from an adjacent taxiway, according to the FAA statement.

Austin-Bergstrom is approximately 5 miles southeast of downtown Austin.

NBC Chicago

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