Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700, N752SW: Incident occurred December 06, 2018 at Hollywood Burbank Airport (KBUR), Los Angeles County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this incident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Burbank, CA
Incident Number: DCA19IA036
Date & Time: 12/06/2018, 0902 PST
Registration: N752SW
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Injuries: 117 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Scheduled 

On December 6, 2018, about 0905 Pacific standard time, Southwest Airlines flight 278, a Boeing 737-7H4, N752SW, overran runway 08 during the landing roll at Bob Hope Airport (KBUR), Burbank, California, and came to rest in the engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) at the departure end of the runway. None of the 117 passengers and crew onboard were injured and the airplane sustained minor damage. The regularly scheduled passenger flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (KOAK), Oakland, California to KBUR. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing
Registration: N752SW
Model/Series: 737 7H4
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Southwest Airlines
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 5 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 112 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 117 None 
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BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- What was remarkable to passengers about Southwest flight 278 skidding off the runway was how unremarkable it felt.

On Thursday morning, a Southwest flight rolled off the end of a runway at Hollywood Burbank Airport after wet conditions made for a tougher landing.

An FAA spokesman said Southwest Flight 278 rolled off the end of runway 8 while landing at the airport shortly after 9 a.m. It ended up in an area called the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). No injuries were reported.

"There wasn't any hysteria or anything. Honestly, I don't think many people were aware of how severe it was," passenger Kyle Lalone said.

The potential severity was evident in March 2000 on the same runway. Southwest Airlines flight 1455 plane descended at a speed of 200 miles per hour.

Forty-three people were hurt when the jet crashed through the fence and into traffic lanes on Hollywood Way.

Similar incidents spurred the FAA to seek solutions.

One result was a runway cushion, the EMAS or EMASMAX, developed by Safran Aerosystems. A long pad of manufactured tiles are installed at the end of the runway. They are composed of layers of recycled glass and porous concrete.

The tires of an aircraft sink in the crushable material.

The EMAS systems in Burbank were installed in phases starting in 2002. The system that stopped the jet Thursday was put in place in 2006.

The FAA said it's performance was textbook.

"There have been 14 situations where the EMAS bed have safely stopped aircraft that have overrun the runways," FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor said.

EMAS is credited with saving the plane carrying then-Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence in October 2016. His campaign plane lost traction on a rain-soaked runway at LaGuardia Airport. It hit the arrestor bed and came to a controlled stop.

EMAS is critical where runways cannot be extended, such as in Boston.

"Logan Airport is on the water. If you were to miss it on the ice you would be damp," passenger Joan Cotton at Burbank Airport said.

Today, the damaged aircraft is gone and flights have resumed.

Restoration and inspections of the EMAS are underway.

Story and video: https://abc7.com

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