The FAA is investigating after a plane nearly crashed into a close call landing at Austin Airport. WGN Radio 720

Austin, Texas (Kanzan) — The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating an incident on Saturday when a plane about to land nearly collided with another aircraft cleared to take off at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

It happened when a FedEx cargo plane was about to land on Southwest Airlines’ runway as it was preparing to take off.Ann Animation created by Flightradar24 It shows how close the plane was to crashing.

However, the FedEx pilot aborted the landing and “began to climb,” an FAA official said in a statement. The plane rose again just before landing.

“At the closest horizontal point, the aircraft were less than 1000 feet apart, but there are no concurrent data points to calculate an exact figure,” he wrote. flightradar24.

The Southwest aircraft continued to depart safely and took off.

National Transportation Safety Board first tweeted Regarding “possible runway incursions and overflights” involving Southwest Airlines planes and FedEx cargo planes.

In an initial statement, the FAA said preliminary information indicates that FedEx Flight 1432 was cleared to land on the left side of AUS’ runway 18 at approximately 6:40 a.m. Saturday. That FedEx flight was cleared to land while the plane was still miles from the airport.

Shortly before it was scheduled to land, controllers cleared Southwest Flight 708 to depart from the same runway, according to the FAA.

“The FAA is investigating the incident,” an official said.

The FedEx plane was a Boeing 767 freighter model and the Southwest Airlines flight was a Boeing 737 model.

In a statement, a FedEx spokesperson said the company’s cargo flight from Memphis, Tennessee, landed safely in Austin after “encountering an event just before landing.” was able to make a turn and land after 12 minutes.

announced by the FAA another survey last month After a plane nearly crossed the runway where another plane was about to take off at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. “(EXPLETIVE)! Delta 1943, cancel clearance! Delta 1943, cancel clearance!”

Takeoff was denied and there was no collision. The FAA is investigating after a plane nearly crashed into a close call landing at Austin Airport. WGN Radio 720

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