Southwest Jet Overshoots East-West Runway on Landing — 3 Minor Injuries Reported, No Fatalities; Plane Comes to Rest in Middle of Hollywood Way

BURBANK, Calif., March 5, 2000 — A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 arriving from Las Vegas broke through the airport perimeter fence upon landing this evening, coming to rest in the middle of Hollywood Way, the main thoroughfare to the entrance of Burbank Airport.

There were no fatalities on Flight 1455, and three persons suffered minor injuries and were transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. There were 137 passengers and five crewmembers on board.

As the plane broke through the fence, it struck an automobile with two occupants, but there were no injuries.

The plane landed at 6:11 p.m. and Burbank Fire Department responded at 6:12 p.m., according to department sources at the scene.

The aircraft leaked a minor amount of fuel, approximately 10 gallons, but there was no fire at the scene.

Following the incident, passengers were taken to a holding room on the airport, and all had left the facility by 9:30 p.m.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board joined other responding agencies and will pursue further investigation of the incident.

Early estimates are that the aircraft will remain on Hollywood Way, between Thornton Avenue on the south and Winona Avenue on the north at least until tomorrow.

Officials at this time are evaluating the best routes to the airport, which has continued to operate throughout the evening.  Empire Avenue on the south side of the airport remains open and has access to the airport terminal roadway.

The Airport Authority will continue to post updated information at this site as it becomes available.