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Southwest Flight Skids Off Runway At Burbank Airport; FAA Initiates Groundstop

BURBANK (CBSLA) — A Southwest Airlines flight arriving at Burbank Airport from Oakland skidded off the runway after landing Thursday morning.

The jet was stopped by the airport's Engineered Material Arresting System, which is designed to stop an aircraft that goes off the end of a runway.

The flight had 117 passengers on board, many of whom were unaware there was a problem until they saw debris hitting the windows.

"Mud was hitting the windows," passenger Grant Palmer said. "So that's when I started thinking, well, we do have a problem here. We must no longer be on the runway."

Shortly after the incident, passengers were calmly seen disembarking the aircraft via an emergency slide. There were no reported injuries.

"There was a little bit of sliding, and that was irregular," passenger Brandon Myers said. "I've never experienced that before."

The Federal Aviation Administration implemented a "groundstop" for Burbank for flights departing from airports within about a three-hour flying distance of Burbank.

The groundstop was lifted just before 11 a.m.

Flights from other airlines were continuing to depart from Burbank.

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