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Southwest 737 strikes person on runway in Austin

Old 8th May 2020, 04:14
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Southwest 737 strikes person on runway in Austin

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Old 8th May 2020, 08:24
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Could this be a suicide? Brought on by the covid layoffs? Pure speculation of course, but since this happened in the usa with all their security, in stead of an african nation, it does come to mind.
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Clearly suicide, and with all sympathies to the individual, what a selfish way to do it.
I had a buddy who was Transport Police - he told me a few tales of railway suicides. Firstly the poor BTP guys had to hunt for all of the bits, and the drivers would often need counselling and be affected for a long time. The last i heard he was on long t term leave for PTSD.
So my sympathies not to the ingested, but to the drivers.
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Do not know how the fencing is done in Austin , but climbing over a simple fence and running is not that complicated and even if detected can take a while to stop . In San Jose Costa Rica domestic airport , just outside the fence is a large psychiatric hospital , it not uncommon to have patients escaping and jumping the fence and wandering on the runway, fortunately they have bright colored overalls,so they can be spotted early. but not so much if a night
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I don't recall ever seeing a dent in an inlet cowl of that magnitude
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Originally Posted by lomapaseo View Post
I don't recall ever seeing a dent in an inlet cowl of that magnitude
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Originally Posted by lomapaseo View Post
I don't recall ever seeing a dent in an inlet cowl of that magnitude
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Originally Posted by hoss183 View Post
Clearly suicide, and with all sympathies to the individual, what a selfish way to do it.
I had a buddy who was Transport Police - he told me a few tales of railway suicides. Firstly the poor BTP guys had to hunt for all of the bits, and the drivers would often need counselling and be affected for a long time. The last i heard he was on long t term leave for PTSD.
So my sympathies not to the ingested, but to the drivers.
It’s one of the reasons why train drivers are still highly paid here in Ireland, because of what they have to go through when someone throws themselves off the platform.
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The damage looks more like it hit a vehicle.
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Originally Posted by hoss183 View Post
Clearly suicide
How do you know that ?
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Originally Posted by Royal Jelly View Post
Blimey, very sad. Never been to Austin but I’d be intrigued to see how one manages to get to the runway..
Happened in ATL a few years ago.


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Listening to the Travis County EMS communications on radioreference.com it appears that they found an approximately 30 year-old male, 'obvious DOA'. There was some minor confusion about access to the scene for the med units for the pronouncement.
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Originally Posted by Sailvi767 View Post
Happened in ATL a few years ago.
If yesterday's victim had got onto the runway by exiting from an aircraft, I think we'd know by now.
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Originally Posted by ATC Watcher View Post
Do not know how the fencing is done in Austin , but climbing over a simple fence and running is not that complicated and even if detected can take a while to stop . In San Jose Costa Rica domestic airport , just outside the fence is a large psychiatric hospital , it not uncommon to have patients escaping and jumping the fence and wandering on the runway, fortunately they have bright colored overalls,so they can be spotted early. but not so much if a night
In the U.S., the FAA establishes requirements for airport perimeter security fencing. Generally, a minimum of 8ft. high chain link fencing topped by 2ft. of barbed wire is required, and the barbed wire leans outward at a 45 degree angle. Climbing over such a fence would be a real challenge, and "jumping the fence" would be a feat of Olympic caliber. As with most security measures, almost any can be compromised or defeated, but hopefully the trespasser would be sufficiently slowed that security personnel could take appropriate action. One cannot just innocently wander onto an airport property and then stroll onto an active runway. Significant effort is usually required to defeat airport security, and the casual or "innocent" individual is usually deterred.

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If yesterday's victim had got onto the runway by exiting from an aircraft, I think we'd know by now.
Jhyrin Jones (19) did first climb a fence around Hartsfield-Jackson before climbing onto the wing of an aircraft on a taxiway. The initial report that he had been a passenger of the plane and had used an exit door was incorrect.
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Jhyrin Jones (19) did first climb a fence around Hartsfield-Jackson before climbing onto the wing of an aircraft on a taxiway. The initial report that he had been a passenger of the plane and had used an exit door was incorrect.
More on the 2018 ATL incident.

After scaling a barbed wire fence, a 19-year-old Georgia man ran across the tarmac at Atlanta’s busy airport and pulled himself up onto the wing of a Delta jet and began pounding on the aircraft’s windows as shocked passengers watched from inside.

Jhyrin Jones, 19, was arrested yesterday afternoon minutes after running up to the airplane, which had just arrived from Miami. Jones, who had stripped to his underwear, gestured to passengers while ranting incoherently.

As seen above, at one point, the agitated Jones mounted one of the jet’s wings and began pacing and banging on cabin windows (as travelers photographed his bizarre antics).

Jones was subsequently subdued by airport police and charged with trespassing, damage to property, and obstruction of law enforcement. He was also hit with a public indecency count for allegedly exposing himself to the plane’s stunned passengers and crew.

During a court hearing this morning, a judge set Jones’s bond at $18,000. Jones is pictured below on a Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport runway and in court today.
Crazed Man Jumps Atlanta Airport Fence, Climbs Atop Wing Of Packed Delta Jet | The Smoking Gun






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How do you know that ?
Jungle Drums (OK, WhatsApp) speak of a suicide note discovered.
I hope this poor individual wasn't a recently furloughed airport worker. As a weekly or more visitor to the South Terminal in AUS I've met some lovely folks there..

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Clearly suicide, and with all sympathies to the individual, what a selfish way to do it.
I had a buddy who was Transport Police - he told me a few tales of railway suicides. Firstly the poor BTP guys had to hunt for all of the bits, and the drivers would often need counselling and be affected for a long time. The last i heard he was on long t term leave for PTSD.
So my sympathies not to the ingested, but to the drivers.
Suicidal people seldom consider how their actions might affect others - Andreas Lubitz (Germanwings) being an extreme example.
My sister's husband was a locomotive engineer (now retired) His train once hit an auto in what was believed to be suicide attempt. The driver of the auto survived (the train wasn't going very fast at the time), but according to my sister her hubby took it quite hard with nightmares and the like for many months afterward.
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