Southwest jet skids off rainy runway
A Southwest Airlines Co. jet rolled off the end of a California runway as it landed in the rain, skidding to a stop on a crushable concrete surface designed to hinder out-of-control aircraft. No one was injured in Thursday’s incident. Flight 278, carrying 112 passengers and five crew, had just landed in Burbank on a flight from Oakland, said Brandy King, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based carrier. The Federal Aviation Administration said the Boeing 737-700 rolled into an area known as the Engineered Material Arresting System, though Southwest wasn’t able to confirm that. The information “is preliminary and may change,” the agency said. The incident occurred on the same Burbank runway where 43 people were injured in March 2000 after a Southwest 737-300 overshot a runway. The jet plowed through a fence before skidding to a stop in the middle of a street, 39 feet from a gas station. The crushable concrete surface was installed after that accident.