Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Southwest Airlines flight skids off runway at Burbank airport

Southwest Airlines flight skids off runway at Burbank airport

EMAS is created to safely stop planes that overshoot runways, according to the FAA's website.

Passengers were seen evacuating from the aircraft via an inflatable slide shortly after.

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

There were no reports of injuries.

Another image from the side of the plane shows one of the wings severely damaged as a result of the crash.

The scene on the plane during landing was calm, according to passengers.

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"Mud was hitting the windows", passenger Grant Palmer said.

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

Southwest Airlines canceled all flights from Hollywood Burbank Airport through 3 p.m. Customers were urged to check their flight status at www.southwest.com.

The incident happened at 9.05am local time (6.30pm GMT) when the aircraft was forced into its emergency stop system.

The FAA added the airport remains open and that flights to and from Burbank are fully operational. The area was experiencing heavy rain - up to a half inch in an hour at one point, and a flood advisory is in effect for Los Angeles County, where the airport is located. It was raining heavily in the area at the time.

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