Southwest Airlines flight rolls off runway at California airport

Daniel Fowler
December 9, 2018

A Southwest Airlines plane taxis on the runway at airline's hub at Dallas Love Field March 12, 2008, in Dallas, Texas.

The flight, traveling from Oakland, California, to Hollywood Burbank Airport, landed at 9:03 a.m. PST in the rain, according to NBC Investigations reporter Andrew Blankstein.

According to reports, the plane initiated its emergency stop system once it rolled off the runway at Bob Hope Airport, also known as Hollywood Burbank Airport. Firefighters were seen helping passengers off the plane and taking luggage out of the aircraft.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement to Fox News that there were no reported injuries.

In a reply on Twitter that has since been deleted, Southwest said: "We have some really great pilots who ensure the safety of our customers!"

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

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

The airport remained open Thursday despite the runway closure, however, officials warned that some flights were canceled or delayed as a result of the incident.

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

Up to a half inch apparently fell in just 60 minutes, and over six hours the area received 1.66 inches of rain when its monthly average is 2.4 inches.

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