Southwest plane rolls off runway while landing at Burbank in downpour

Southwest plane rolls off runway while landing at Burbank in downpour

Southwest Airlines says it is canceling all its flights at the airport until at least 1.55pm.

METAR reports for BUR from immediately before and after the incident indicate the airport was experiencing heavy rains and mist.

A Southwest Airlines Co. jet rolled off the end of a California runway as it landed in the rain, skidding to a stop on a crushable concrete surface created to hinder out-of-control aircraft.

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

The scene on the plane during landing was calm, according to passengers.

"Mud was hitting the windows", passenger Grant Palmer said.

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Clapping erupted on the plane after it came to a stop, passengers who were grateful to the pilot for his response said.

Passengers said they were told to stay on the plane until responders checked that it was safe for them to leave.

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 airport is open, and all airlines are operational, the airport tweeted.

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

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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