- A Southwest Airlines jet overran the runway Thursday morning at Burbank Airport near Los Angeles.
- Southwest Airlines Flight 278 landed in Burbank at 9:05 am.
- The Boeing 737 rolled off the end of the runway and came to a stop in the Engineered Material Arresting System or EMAS.
- EMAS is a collapsable runway used to stop runaway planes.
- There were no injuries reported among the 112 passengers and five crew members.
- Burbank Airport remains open and in operation.
A Southwest Airlines jet overran the runway Thursday morning at Burbank Airport near Los Angeles. Southwest Airlines Flight 278 from Oakland, California to Burbank landed at 9:05 am. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Boeing 737 “rolled off the end of the runway” and came to a stop in the Engineered Material Arresting System or EMAS at the end of the runway.
According to Southwest Airlines, there were no injuries reported among the 112 passengers and five crew members on board.
“Initial reports indicate that Southwest Airlines Flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank came to a stop at the end of the runway upon arrival into Burbank,” the Dallas, Texas-based airline said in a statement. “There are no reports of injuries among our 112 Customers and five Crewmembers. We are working to get additional details.”
A Burbank Airport spokeswoman confirmed that its runways are open and in operation. Burbank Airport is located northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is a popular secondary airport of travelers.
EMAS is effectively collapsable surface located at the end of runways. EMAS can bring runaway aircraft to a stop by bogging them down in the material.
During the 2016 election, a plane carrying Vice-President Mike Pence skidded off the runway and came to a stop in the EMAS at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
This story is developing.
— Julien Girard (@djulik) December 6, 2018
I’m at the @fly_BUR Burbank airport. It appears a Southwest 737 slid off the runway. A witness in the parking garage told me he saw passengers evacuate by the emergency slides. pic.twitter.com/ynOIaUPNQo
— Steve Trimble (@TheDEWLine) December 6, 2018
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