Southwest 737 Overran Burbank’s Runway

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 was arriving in Burbank from Oakland on Thursday morning, which ended up in a collapsible portion of runway.

This section aims to stop planes from sliding further and causing potential damage to other people and property. Passengers have deplaned, the airline said.

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The aircraft, registration N752SW, was performing flight WN-278 from Oakland, CA to Burbank, CA (USA) with 112 passengers and 5 crew onboard. They landed on Burbank’s runway 08 (length 5800 feet/1765 meters) at 09:02L (17:02Z) but overran the end of the runway and came to a stop in the EMAS (engineered material arrestor system) past the end of the runway. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained minor if any damage. The passenger disembarked via mobile stairs.

The plane rolled onto an airport safety feature (EMAS), which is lightweight blocks that planes can slice through to stop their slide going any further.

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An example of the EMAS system up close in a previous incident

Airline spokeswoman Brandy King said in an email

No injuries were reported of the 112 passengers and five crew members,



The airport said it remains open and that one of its runways is closed to the incident but another is open. Southwest said it suspended operations at the airport.

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Approximate final postion of the 737 in the EMAS System (©GA Group/ Google Earth)

The airline reported the aircraft went into the EMAS at Burbank. All 112 passengers and 5 crew are unharmed and have disembarked via stairs.

The airport released two NOTAM’s as below

12/012 (A1008/18) – RWY 08/26 CLSD. 06 DEC 17:58 2018 UNTIL 07 DEC 07:00 2018. CREATED: 06 DEC 17:59 2018

12/014 (A1010/18) – RWY 26 RWY END ID LGT U/S. 06 DEC 20:54 2018 UNTIL 12 DEC 07:00 2018. CREATED: 06 DEC 20:54 2018


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