South­west jet skids off rainy run­way

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

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.

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