Published on : Friday, December 7, 2018
In a statement, the FAA said Southwest Flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank “rolled off the end of runway 8” shortly after 9:05 a.m. local time. The plane came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of the runway, a safety measure designed to stop an aircraft from overrunning the runway. FAA safety inspectors are on the scene.
Southwest said all the 112 passengers and five crew members were unhurt and safe.
Southwest passenger Moe Storch said on Twitter that the plane hydroplaned on a wet runway after landing and that the pilot regained control, hit brakes and reverse thrust “just in time.”
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.”
The runway where the incident occurred is closed, but another runway is operational and the airport remains open, Burbank airport officials said.
Southwest temporarily suspended operations at the airport, with 20 departures cancelled so far. A spokesman said the airline hopes to resume operations after 4 p.m. local time today, but did not give a timetable.
Southwest has 57 daily departures from Burbank. California is a giant 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 travellers on Wednesday.