Southwest Airlines plane skids off the runway while landing in California
A Southwest Airlines plane skidded off the end of a wet runway in Southern California on Thursday morning.
No one was injured in the incident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Flight 278 from Oakland landed during a strong rainstorm at Hollywood Burbank Airport just after 9 a.m. Pacific time and eventually came to a stop on an arresting bed at the end of the runway, the FAA said.
There were no reports of injuries from the incident at Hollywood Burbank Airport, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.
#FAA Statement: Shortly after 9:05 a.m PT today, @SouthwestAir Flight 278 rolled off the end of Runway 8 while landing at @fly_BUR Airport in #Burbank, CA, and came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). This information is preliminary and may change.
— The FAA (@FAANews) December 6, 2018
There were 112 passengers and five crew members aboard the plane, according to flight records. Dallas-based Southwest said everyone safely got off the plane by the stairs.
The engineered materials arresting system is a bed of energy-absorbing materials, generally lightweight concrete blocks, designed to stop a plane that overruns a runway.
One runway at the Burbank airport was closed because of the incident, and a number of flights were canceled or delayed.
— Moe Storch (@MoeStorch) December 7, 2018
The Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) was used to stop the plane, the FAA said. EMAS is designed to safely stop planes that overshoot runways, according to the FAA’s website.
It was unknown if rain was a factor in the incident.