Southwest plane slides off runway in California

    Courtesy: Pete Nicks

    WASHINGTON (SBG) - A Southwest plane slid off the runway at Bob Hope Airport, also known as Hollywood Airport, in Burbank, California.

    The Federal Aviation Administration stated that the plane rolled off the runway while landing Thursday morning.

    The plane stopped in the Engineered Material Arresting System which is the bed of material at the end of a runway used to help slow or stop a plane that over runs a runway. According to the FAA's website the EMAS was installed in 2002 in Burbank.

    Southwest issued a statment about the incident saying the 112 customers have deplaned.

    "Southwest Airlines Flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank landed safely and rolled to a stop at the end of a runway. The aircraft rolled into the overrun area known as the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). Customers have been deplaned from the aircraft via air stairs, and there were no reported injuries among the 112 Customers and five Crewmembers. The Southwest Team is working diligently to get Customers to their destinations as soon as possible. We encourage Customers traveling via BUR today to check their flight status via"

    The airport tweeted that all gates remain open. However, runway 8 remains closed. A simalar incident took place in 2000 when a plane at airport rolled onto a city street. This was before the EMAS system was installed.

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