Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Southwest Airlines Plane Slides Off Runway in Burbank During Landing

Southwest Airlines Plane Slides Off Runway in Burbank During Landing

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.

One runway at the Burbank airport was closed because of the incident, and a number of flights were canceled or delayed.

Although the cause of the overrun has yet to be determined, the airport was reporting inclement weather conditions at the time of the event.

"The Southwest Team is working diligently to get Customers to their destinations as soon as possible".

Flight 278 was inbound from Oakland International Airport (OAK). Yakel says they could not lengthen those runways because they're bookend by the bay and Highway 101.

The FAA confirmed the incident on Twitter, saying the plane came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System, a bed to quickly stop aircraft, at the end of the runway.

A Southwest Airlines Co. jet rolled off the end of a California runway as it landed in the rain, skidding to a stop on a crushable concrete surface created to hinder out-of-control aircraft.

Passengers said the pilot warned them that the landing would be rough when they first boarded.

Flight 278, a Boeing 737-700 that originated in Oakland, was landing in Burbank shortly after 9 a.m. when it slid off the runway and came to a stop after hitting a barrier created to catch airplanes that leave the runway, according to an FAA spokesman.

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