BURBANK, Calif. (CIRCA) — A Southwest Airlines plane carrying more than 100 passengers skidded off a runway at a California airport Thursday morning.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Flight 278 rolled "off the end of Runway 8" at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) while landing, shortly after 9 a.m. The FAA says the plane came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS), designed to stop overrunning aircraft. EMAS was installed at BUR in 2002.
#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
In a statement to Circa sister station WJLA-TV, Southwest said 112 passengers and five crewmembers were aboard. None reported injuries. Southwest added that customers deplaned using the aircraft's stairs.
Hollywood Burbank Airport remains open. All Terminal B gates remain open and Terminal A Gates A1-A5 remain open. Runway 8/26 has been closed due to the incident. Runway 15/33 remains operational.— Hollywood Burbank ✈️ (@fly_BUR) December 6, 2018
UPDATE: Some flights have been cancelled or delayed due to the incident. Please check your flight status with your airline before coming to the Airport.— Hollywood Burbank ✈️ (@fly_BUR) December 6, 2018
BUR says while the airport remained open following the incident, Runway 8/26 was closed and some flights were canceled.
A similar incident occurred on March 5, 2000, when Southwest Flight 1455 overran the same runway at BUR. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Boeing 737-300 was severely damaged when it hit a metal fence and airport perimeter wall. The plane landed on a street near a gas station, leaving 43 of the 142 people aboard with injuries.