Event Details

Title:Runway overrun, Southwest Airlines flight 1455, Boeing 737-300, N668SW, Burbank, California, March 5, 2000
Micro summary:This Boeing 737-300 overran the arrival runway on landing.
Event Time:2000-03-05 at 1811 PST
File Name:2000-03-05-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB/AAB-02/04
Site of event:BUR; overran far end of RWY 08
Departure:McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Destination:Bob Hope Airport, Burbank, California, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 737-300
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Southwest Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:43
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On March 5, 2000, about 1811 Pacific standard time (PST),1 Southwest Airlines, Inc., flight 1455, a Boeing 737-300 (737), N668SW, overran the departure end of runway 8 after landing at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR), Burbank, California. The airplane touched down at approximately 182 knots, and about 20 seconds later, at approximately 32 knots, collided with a metal blast fence and an airport perimeter wall. The airplane came to rest on a city street near a gas station off of the airport property. Of the 142 persons on board, 2 passengers sustained serious injuries; 41 passengers and the captain sustained minor injuries; and 94 passengers, 3 flight attendants, and the first officer sustained no injuries. The airplane sustained extensive exterior damage and some internal damage to the passenger cabin. During the accident sequence, the forward service door (1R) escape slide inflated inside the airplane; the nose gear collapsed; and the forward dual flight attendant jumpseat, which was occupied by two flight attendants, partially collapsed. The flight, which was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan, was conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident, which occurred in twilight lighting conditions.

PROBABLE CAUSE The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the flight crew's excessive airspeed and flightpath angle during the approach and landing and its failure to abort the approach when stabilized approach criteria were not met. Contributing to the accident was the controller's positioning of the airplane in such a manner as to leave no safe options for the flight crew other than a go-around maneuver.

Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - Air Traffic Control
Operations - Crew Resource Management
Operations - Runway Overrun
Operations - Unstabilized Approach
Other - Post-Crash Survivability
Consequence - Hull Loss


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