Friday, 14 December, 2018

Southwest Flight Skids Off Runway At Burbank Airport; FAA Initiates Groundstop

Southwest 737 Overruns Runway Photos: Southwest Plane Slides off Wet Runway at Burbank Airport
Ginger Lawrence | 07 December, 2018, 10:10

Southwest Airlines Flight 278 slid to the end of the runway during landing in heavy rain at Hollywood Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport) on December 6 and was evacuated.

The FAA says the safety system is in use at 63 airports nationwide, including San Francisco, Oakland and Monterey.

Although the cause of the overrun has yet to be determined, the airport was reporting inclement weather conditions at the time of the event.

A Southwest Airlines Co. jet rolled off the end of a California runway as it landed in the rain, skidding to a stop on a crushable concrete surface created to hinder out-of-control aircraft. "Mud was hitting the windows", passenger Grant Palmer told CBS Los Angeles. Firefighters were seen helping passengers off the plane and taking luggage out of the aircraft.

The plane was said to have landed during torrential rain.

Passengers said they were told to stay on the plane until responders checked that it was safe for them to leave.

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Flights from other airlines were continuing to depart from Burbank.

The runway - one of two - had to close, but the airport said it is open and that all airlines are operational.

At about 3:45 p.m., Southwest said it had resumed normal operations out for Burbank.

Around the time of the incident, visibility in the airport dropped to 1 mile.

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