Investigators investigate a possible near collision between two planes on an airport runway in Austin, Texas


A FedEx cargo plane attempting to land at an airport in Austin, Texas, had to change course on Saturday to avoid a potential collision with a Southwest Airlines plane taking off from the same runway, officials said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating “a possible runway incursion and overflight” involving the two planes at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The near miss happened after air traffic controllers cleared the FedEx Boeing 767 to land on Austin’s runway 18 left, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Shortly before the FedEx plane was scheduled to land, the controller cleared Southwest Flight 708 to take off from the same runway,” the FAA said.

The FedEx flight “aborted landing and began a climb” and “the Southwest flight departed safely,” the FAA added.

CNN has reached out to Southwest and FedEx for comment.

Another near miss was reported last month at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where an American Airlines plane incorrectly crossed an active runway and prompted a Delta Air Lines plane to stop its takeoff from the same runway.

The Delta plane came to rest less than 1,000 feet from the American jet, narrowly avoiding a catastrophic collision.


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