A FedEx cargo plane attempting to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday morning had to reverse course after being cleared to take off from the same runway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Boeing 767 cargo plane was several miles from the airport when it was cleared to land, according to the FAA. However, just before the expected landing, air traffic controllers cleared the plane operated by Southwest Airlines to take off.
“The pilot of the FedEx plane aborted the landing and began to climb,” the FAA said in a statement.
In a tweet on Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board described it as “a potential runway incursion and overflight involving Southwest Airlines and FedEx planes.”
According to the FAA, Southwest Airlines was able to depart safely.
The FAA and NTSB said they were investigating the incident.
“FedEx Express Flight 1432, from Memphis, Tennessee to Austin, Texas, returned safely after encountering an event just before landing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport this morning,” FedEx spokesperson Shannon Davis said in an email. landed on,” he said.
Davis and Southwest Airlines submitted further questions to the FAA and NTSB.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Austin Bergstrom International said, “We are aware that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the aborted landing of the flight. We will support the investigation,” he said.
A similar crisis was averted at John F. Kennedy International Airport last month after an American Airlines plane crossed the runway while a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 was preparing to take off. The FAA statement said the Delta plane stopped about 1,000 feet from where the American Airlines plane crossed from an adjacent taxiway.
Austin Bergstrom is eight kilometers southeast of Austin.
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