Southwest plane rolls off runway while landing at Burbank in downpour

09 December, 2018, 04:47 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Southwest plane after skidding off runway

A Southwest Airlines plane taxis on the runway at airline's hub at Dallas Love Field March 12, 2008, in Dallas, Texas.

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 EMAS consists of absorbing materials created to rapidly slow aircrafts if they travel beyond the runway. Firefighters were seen helping passengers off the plane and taking luggage out of the aircraft.

According to media reports, there were no reported injuries among the 112 passengers and five crew. According the FAA, the EMAS system is made up of hundreds of concrete tiles created to collapse under the plane's weight, cushioning it as it gradually comes to a stop.

Images shows the EMAS ripped up by the aircraft where it overran the runway. "I thought we were going to impact the barrier for sure".


The airport remained open Thursday despite the runway closure, however, officials warned that some flights were canceled or delayed as a result of the incident.

Scott said he knew the plane had skidded off the runway when he saw mud splashing against the windows and the headlights from cars on the road behind the airport wall.

A unique safety system that has been installed at several Bay Area airports may have prevented a catastrophic crash of a Burbank-bound flight out of Oakland Thursday morning.

Around the time of the incident, visibility in the airport dropped to 1 mile.

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