Airliner skids off tarmac after landing on ‘collapsible’ runway

Flight 278 was landing at Burbank from Oakland and overshot the runway and crashed into the EMAS at the end of the tarmac.
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A Southwest Airlines flight on Thursday overran the runway at Hollywood Burbank Airport in California after landing on a collapsible portion of the tarmac.

No injuries were reported of the 112 passengers and five crew members on-board, according to the statement from the airline.

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Flight 278 was landing at Burbank from Oakland, landing in a collapsible portion of runway that aims to stop planes from sliding farther and causing potential damage to other people and property.

The plane rolled onto an airport safety feature, known as the Engineered Materials Arresting System, lightweight blocks that planes can slice through to stop their slide.

A Boeing 737 carrying then-vice presidential nominee Mike Pence overran the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport and entered the EMAS in October 2016.

The EMAS system began being installed at US airport after a March 2000 incident on the same runway at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Southwest Airlines flight 1455 landed too fast and 43 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.

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The EMAS or EMASMAX, developed by Safran Aerosystems is a long pad of manufactured tiles 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.

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