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After a terribly bumpy descent, a Southwest Airlines 737 that was flying from Oakland to Burbank in California, slipped off the runway and was forced to use the runways EMAS system or it would have crashed into a barrier and the cars beyond.

It was forced to use Engineered material arresting system, or EMAS, which uses crushable concrete at the end of a runway to stop an aircraft that overruns. The tires of the aircraft sink into this lightweight concrete, which slows down the aircraft to stop it going beyond the runway and in this case, into oncoming traffic.

You can see the mashed up runway below, which stopped the plane from running into barriers and the cars beyond. What a great invention!

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We are alive. The plane was a few feet from plowing thru the barrier and taking out numerous cars. Crazy stuff.

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In a statement, Southwest said, “Southwest Flight 278 from OAK to BUR landed safely and rolled to a stop at the end of a runway. Customers deplaned the aircraft via air stairs, with no reported injuries among the 112 Customers and five Crewmembers.”

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