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Southwest jet skids off the end of a wet runway while coming into land in Burbank

Terrifying moment Southwest jet skidded OFF THE END of the runway while coming into land in Burbank amid rainstorms

  • A Southwest Airlines plane skidded off the runway Thursday during rainy weather in southern California
  • Incident occurred at Hollywood Burbank Airport – known as Bob Hope Airport 
  • The FAA said Southwest Flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank ‘rolled off the end of runway 8’ shortly after 9am local time  – there were no injuries

A Southwest Airlines flight skidded off the runway on Thursday morning at Hollywood Burbank Airport, setting off a domino effect of flight delays and cancellations.

Southwest Flight 278, which departed from Oakland ended up rolling off the end of the runway. 

No injuries were reported among the 112 passengers and five crew members on board, the airline said.

A Southwest Airlines plane skidded off the runway Thursday during rainy weather in southern California and ended up on the arrestor bed at the end of the runway

The FAA said Southwest Flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank 'rolled off the end of runway 8' shortly after 9am local time - there were no injuries

The FAA said Southwest Flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank ‘rolled off the end of runway 8’ shortly after 9am local time – there were no injuries

The incident occurred at Hollywood Burbank Airport, also known as Bob Hope Airport

The incident occurred at Hollywood Burbank Airport, also known as Bob Hope Airport

'They said the breaking would be hard. The landing was aggressive and it was scary but it wasn't too bad,' said one man. 'But there was this big bump at the end. And we didn't know what happened until there was mud and grass coming down the windows.'

‘They said the breaking would be hard. The landing was aggressive and it was scary but it wasn’t too bad,’ said one man. ‘But there was this big bump at the end. And we didn’t know what happened until there was mud and grass coming down the windows.’

The Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) was used to stop the plane, the FAA said. 

EMAS is designed to safely stop planes that overshoot runways, according to the FAA’s website.

It was unknown if rain was a factor in the incident.

Fortunately, nobody was injured but passengers said it was more shocking once they got off the plane and saw where the aircraft ended up.

‘They said the breaking would be hard. The landing was aggressive and it was scary but it wasn’t too bad,’ said one man to Fox LA. ‘But there was this big bump at the end. And we didn’t know what happened until there was mud and grass coming down the windows and we were at the end of the runway very close to where the end of the strip, where the street is.’

Another person on the flight who was not named also had a similar experience: ‘It was bumpy but no different to any other turbulent landing. It was really uneventful – but what was more shocking was coming off the plane and seeing where it had ended up.’

'It was bumpy but no different to any other turbulent landing. It was really uneventful - but what was more shocking was coming off the plane and seeing where it had ended up.'

‘It was bumpy but no different to any other turbulent landing. It was really uneventful – but what was more shocking was coming off the plane and seeing where it had ended up.’

The plane ended up running into the arrestor bed which is made from crushable concrete

The plane ended up running into the arrestor bed which is made from crushable concrete

The pilot had already warned passengers about a possible hard landing 

The pilot had already warned passengers about a possible hard landing 

Passengers on the plane said the most shocking thing was seeing where the plane ended up

Passengers on the plane said the most shocking thing was seeing where the plane ended up

Southwest Airlines ended up cancelling all Hollywood Burbank Airport until 3pm on Thursday. 

Passenger Moe Storch tweeted the Southwest plane from Oakland to Burbank appeared to hydroplane after it landed on the wet runway.

The pilot ‘regained control and hit brakes hit, reverse thrust, just in time,’ he wrote.

He praised the pilots for regaining control of the Boeing 737.

In response to his tweet, Twitter user Megan Pepper said she saw the incident and was scared the plane was going to crash.

The plane had very little runway left to run before it would have slammed through the fence

The plane had very little runway left to run before it would have slammed through the fence

In a reply on Twitter that has since been deleted, Southwest said: ‘We have some really great pilots who ensure the safety of our customers! We hope we can welcome you onboard again soon, Moe.”       

Southwest has 57 daily departures from Burbank with California being a major market for the airline, with service from airports up and down the coast and inland.

It has been raining in southern California, and the airport had issued a weather advisory to travelers on Wednesday.



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