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Southwest plane skids off runway

Rough landing for Flight 278: Southwest plane skids off runway at California airport


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.

FlightAware records indicate Flight 278 departed Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Oakland, California, at 8 a.m. and landed on time in Burbank at 9:02 a.m.

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.

BUR says while the airport remained open following the incident, Runway 8/26 was closed and some flights were canceled.

Southwest Flight 278
Southwest Flight 278 flew from Oakland, Calif., to Burbank, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (FlightAware)

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.

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