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Southwest Airlines flight rolls off runway at California airport

08 December 2018

Flight 278, a Boeing 737-700 that originated in Oakland, California, came to a stop after running through an area of crushable material created to bring an airplane to a halt, he said.

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.

The FAA says the safety system is in use at 63 airports nationwide, including San Francisco, Oakland and Monterey. No injuries or fatalities were reported at he time of writing. 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.

Emergency slides have also been deployed to help passengers off.

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

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Clapping erupted on the plane after it came to a stop, passengers who were grateful to the pilot for his response said.

One of the airport's runways is closed but the airport is open, and all airlines are operational, according to the airport Twitter account.

Around the time of the incident, visibility in the airport dropped to 1 mile.

It skidded off the end of the tarmac during torrential rain in the Los Angeles County area.

Over six hours, the area received 1.66 inches of rain.

Southwest Airlines flight rolls off runway at California airport