Southwest 737 Overruns Runway

Irving Hamilton
December 7, 2018

The airline is refunding the cost of the passengers' roundtrip airfare and rebooking trips for those with connecting flights, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson said.

There were 112 passengers and five crew members aboard the plane, according to flight records.

A Southwest Airlines flight with 117 people aboard slid off a runway on Thursday at California's Hollywood Burbank Airport during heavy rain, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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

"The Southwest Team is working diligently to get Customers to their destinations as soon as possible".

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"It's one of these safety systems that you hope never to use". Yakel says they could not lengthen those runways because they're bookend by the bay and Highway 101.

According to a statement issued by the FAA, the Boeing 737 came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 8.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed the plane had left scars in tile at the end of the runway where it came to a stop. The crushable concrete surface was installed after that accident.

METAR reports for BUR from immediately before and after the incident indicate the airport was experiencing heavy rains and mist.

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