SouthWest Airlines plane skids off runway at Burbank airport

Darnell Taylor
December 8, 2018

Flight 278, carrying 112 passengers and five crew, had just landed in Burbank on a flight from Oakland, said Brandy King, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based carrier.

Flights from other airlines were continuing to depart from Burbank.

A Southwest Airlines flight with 117 people aboard slid off a runway on Thursday at California's Hollywood Burbank Airport during heavy rain, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Moe Storch, a passenger on the jet Tweeted a picture of the jet and wrote: "Closer to the back wall than we would prefer... excellent job of the pilot regaining control of the aircraft!"

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Southwest Airlines said in a statement to Fox News that there were no reported injuries. 737-700 rolled into the area known as the Engineered Material Arresting System, though Southwest wasn't able to confirm that. Yakel says they could not lengthen those runways because they're bookend by the bay and Highway 101.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane came to a stop in a graded area created to slow aircraft that overshoot the runway.

According to the FAA, EMAS is created to provide additional safety margins for runways where the standard 1,000-foot overrun safety area is not possible.

At the time of the incident visibility at the airport reportedly dropped to one mile amid the heavy rain. "They go over these E-MAS beds and the landing gear slowly sinks into these blocks of crushable concrete", Yakel said.

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