Southwest Airlines Flight 1455

Southwest Airlines Flight 1455

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1455

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 (N668SW) was a scheduled passenger flight fromMcCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, Nevada to Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR), Burbank, California that overran the runway during landing on March 5, 2000. The aircraft came to rest on a city street adjacent to a gas station. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the incident was due to the pilots attempting to land with excessive speed. They also blamed the air traffic controller for placing them in a position when their only option was a go around. There were no fatalities either on the plane or on the ground. Two of the passengers were seriously injured, and there were many minor injuries. As a result of the incident, the airport installed an Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) at the east end of the incident runway.

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Flight 1455 departed McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, Nevada at 1650, more than 2 hours behind schedule due to inclement weather in the area. At 1804:02, when the aircraft was north of the BUR outer marker, the SoCal approach controller instructed the aircraft to maintain or greater until further notice. The controller later indicated this was to place the aircraft into the approach pattern between two other flights. The captain acknowledged the instructions.

At 1804:42 the first officer informed the captain that the target airspeed for landing would be . This value was based on standard procedures in the...
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