Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Southwest plane slides off runway at California airport, no injuries reported

Southwest The Southwest 737. Credit Moe Storch
Rhonda Young | 07 December, 2018, 10:11

The FAA stated that the plane "rolled off the end of Runway 8 while landing at [Hollywood Burbank Airport] in Burbank, CA, and came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS)".

A Southwest Airlines jetliner rolled off the end of a runway Thursday while landing at Hollywood Burbank Airport in heavy rain, officials said.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement to Fox News that there were no reported injuries.

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Southwest said there were 112 passengers and 5 crewmembers on board at the time of the incident. Winds were from the west (280-290-degrees) at between 13 and 9 miles per hour.

Another image from the side of the plane shows one of the wings severely damaged as a result of the crash.

San Francisco International Airport installed the same system on two runways in 2014. BUR authorities reported that although the airport remained open, some flights were cancelled or delayed due to the incident.

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Flight 278, a Boeing 737-700 that originated in Oakland, California, came to a stop after running through an area of crushable material created to bring an airplane to a halt, he said. The system, which the FAA credits with 13 prior saves, is created to stop aircraft travelling up to 80 miles per hour.

The plane made visible tracks in the airport's EMAS. It was widened in 2008 and replaced in its entirety in 2017.

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