Southwest plane slides off runway at California airport, no injuries reported

Mae Love
December 9, 2018

No injuries have been reported among the 112 passengers and five crew members onboard.

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 scene on the plane during landing was calm, according to passengers. "I thought we were going to impact the barrier for sure".

Passengers said the pilot warned them that the landing would be rough when they first boarded.

"It could have been a much grimmer circumstance", Carlson said.

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FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane came to a stop in a graded area created to slow aircraft that overshoot the runway. Southwest tweeted the airline will refund the passengers ticket costs and will make an "additional gesture of goodwill".

A unique safety system that has been installed at several Bay Area airports may have prevented a catastrophic crash of a Burbank-bound flight out of Oakland Thursday morning. The area had heavy rain - up to a half inch in an hour at one point, and a flood advisory is in effect for Los Angeles County, where the airport is located, KTLA reported.

The incident happened at 9.05am local time (6.30pm GMT) when the aircraft was forced into its emergency stop system.

"Initial reports indicate that Southwest airlines flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank came to a stop at the end of a runway upon arrival into Burbank".

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