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Jet Skids Off Runway in California

March 6, 2000

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ A Southwest Airlines 737 jet skidded off the end of a runway Sunday and onto a nearby street, narrowly missing a gas station.

At least one car was hit by the plane, but it was not immediately clear if there was a motorist inside, Fox News Channel reported.

The plane just missed a Chevron station and skidded to a halt on Hollywood Way, blocking traffic.

There were 137 passengers and 5 crew aboard, CNN reported. At least four people were taken to a hospital, according to CNN.

Kevin McCoy, a passenger on the plane, told KNBC-TV that the plane departed from Las Vegas about 2 hours behind schedule Sunday afternoon.

``They told us it might be a rough landing, but none of us were expecting this,″ McCoy said. ``We are very lucky. All of us.″

McCoy said the plane made a short approach toward the runway and seemed to be going fast.

Officials with the Dallas-based airline were unavailable for comment Sunday night.

Emergency vehicles were on the scene at Burbank International Airport, which is located northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Officials were dousing the plane for safety precautions, but there were no reports of flames.

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