Southwest 737 Overruns Runway

Lloyd Doyle
December 8, 2018

The incident occurred on the same Burbank runway where 43 people were injured in March 2000 after a Southwest 737-300 overshot a runway.

A Southwest Airlines flight skidded off the runway during heavy rains at a California airport Thursday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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.

According to the FAA, EMAS is created to provide additional safety margins for runways where the standard 1,000-foot overrun safety area is not possible. The accident happened during a heavy downpour, the Los Angeles Times reported.


Shortly after the incident, passengers were calmly seen disembarking the aircraft via an emergency slide.

"We didn't realize what was going on, it was that fast", said a passenger, Gary Scott. "We must no longer be on the runway". Dallas-based Southwest said everyone safely got off the plane by the stairs.

The runway - one of two - had to close, but the airport said it is open and that all airlines are operational. Reported visibility was about one mile with a ceiling of 1,300 feet.

Over six hours, the area received 1.66 inches of rain.

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