FedEx cargo plane, Southwest flight, barely avoided collision at Texas airport

A FedEx cargo plane attempting to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas avoided colliding with a commercial Southwest Airlines flight after it was cleared to take off from the same runway, officials.

As the FedEx plane made its descent Saturday morning, it had to abort its landing and “initiate an exit,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The FAA said the Boeing 767 cargo plane was given the okay to land while it was still miles from the airport, but just as it was due to land, air traffic control cleared the Southwest flight for departure.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, the FedEx plane had descended to an altitude of just 150 feet by 6:40 a.m. before being forced to quickly resurface. The plane landed at the airport at 6:51 a.m., according to FlightAware.

Shannon Davis, a spokeswoman for FedEx, said in an emailed statement, “FedEx Express Flight 1432 from Memphis, Tennessee to Austin, Texas has landed safely after departing Austin Bergstrom International Airport shortly before landing this morning an event had happened.”


A Southwest passenger plane on the runway at Chicago Midway International Airport in December 2022.
A Southwest passenger plane on the runway at Chicago Midway International Airport in December 2022.
AFP via Getty Images

According to the FAA, the Southwest flight was also able to depart safely. It is unclear how many passengers were on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board described the frightening situation as “a possible intrusion and overflying of the runway by Southwest Airlines and FedEx aircraft.”

Austin-Bergstrom International told the Associated Press in a statement that it was “aware of the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation into the aborted landing of a flight.”

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash.

A similar near miss situation occurred at JFK Airport in New York City last month when one plane pulled onto the runway while the other was about to take off.


The main concourse of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The main concourse of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Just as a Delta Air Lines plane was about to take off, an American Airlines jet crossed the runway from an adjacent taxiway, forcing the Delta pilot to slam on the brakes to avoid tragedy. The plane, with over 150 people, stopped just 300 meters from the American Airlines plane, CNN reported.

With postal wires

https://nypost.com/2023/02/05/fedex-cargo-plane-southwest-flight-barely-avoid-collision-at-texas-airport/ FedEx cargo plane, Southwest flight, barely avoided collision at Texas airport

JACLYN DIAZ

USTimeToday is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@ustimetoday.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button