Southwest Airlines flight skids off runway at Burbank airport

Marco Green
December 7, 2018

In the aftermath of the incident, the FAA implemented a temporary ground stop for Burbank flights departing from airports within about a three-hour flying distance of Burbank, Gregor said.

A Southwest Airlines flight skidded off the runway during heavy rains at a California airport Thursday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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

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.

Although the cause of the overrun has yet to be determined, the airport was reporting inclement weather conditions at the time of the event.

The scene on the plane during landing was calm, according to passengers. "Mud was hitting the windows", passenger Grant Palmer told CBS Los Angeles.

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.

Flights from other airlines were continuing to depart from Burbank.

The airport is open, and all airlines are operational, the airport tweeted.

Over six hours, the area received 1.66 inches of rain. Its monthly average is 2.4 inches.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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