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A Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland, California (OAK), to Burbank, California (BUR), slid off the end of the runway Thursday morning.

Initial reports of the incident indicated that it was raining at Hollywood Burbank Airport when the flight landed at 9:03am. The Boeing 737 reportedly slid and came to rest in an area just off the runway. It reportedly did not hit anything.

“Initial reports indicate that Southwest airlines flight 278 from Oakland to Burbank came to a stop at the end of the runway upon arrival into Burbank,” an airline spokesperson told TPG in an email. “There are no reports of injuries among our 112 Customers and five Crewmembers. We are working to get additional details.”

Unconfirmed photos from BUR appear to show the aircraft inside the engineered material arresting system (EMAS), a bed of engineered materials at the end of the runway designed to help prevent major damage in the case of a runway excursion.


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The FAA’s preliminary statement said that the aircraft did indeed come to a rest in the EMAS.

Runway 8, the one that the Southwest plane reportedly skidded off of, was shut down following the incident, the airport tweeted. But parts of the airport remained operational.

On Wednesday, the airport had tweeted that “inclement weather” in the region might “affect flights at Hollywood Burbank Airport.” But as of Thursday, BUR repeatedly tweeted that the airport was open and operational.

The FAA said that there were no injuries in the incident, the local ABC News affiliate tweeted.

Featured image of Hollywood Burbank Airport by Stuart Bowling via Twitter.

*This post has been updated with Southwest’s comment to TPG.

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