Airplane skids off runway while trying to land in heavy rain

Southwest 737 Overruns Runway

Photos: Southwest Plane Slides off Wet Runway at Burbank Airport

There were no reports of injuries from the incident at Hollywood Burbank Airport, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

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.

Although the cause of the overrun has yet to be determined, the airport was reporting inclement weather conditions at the time of the event.

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

The scene on the plane during landing was calm, according to passengers. "It got very bumpy and I felt the front of the aircraft sink in a little bit. and then it was like 'OK, were done'".

"Mud was hitting the windows", passenger Grant Palmer said. "We must no longer be on the runway".

"It could have been a much grimmer circumstance", Carlson said.

A unique safety system that has been installed at several Bay Area airports may have prevented a catastrophic crash of a Burbank-bound flight out of Oakland Thursday morning.

The runway - one of two - had to close, but the airport said it is open and that all airlines are operational.

No one was injured in the incident that occurred about 9:05 a.m. local time.

It skidded off the end of the tarmac during torrential rain in the Los Angeles County area. Its monthly average is 2.4 inches.

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