Civilian Tanker Crashes on Navy Base

Thursday, May 19, 2011
By George Hatcher

What: Omega Air Refueling Boeing 707 tanker en route from Point Mugu naval air base
Where: near the beach, Point Mugu naval air base, California
When: May 18, 20115:25 p.m.
Who: 3 crew
Why: The plane skidded off the runway while taking off, and burned for three hours before being extinguished by a full response team, a chopper and three fire engines.

The plane was loaded with 150,000 pounds of fuel. After a chopper doused water with no discernible effect, flight crews concentrated on letting the plane burn out within a small perimeter. Plumes of black smoke reached Malibu.

The three-member (civilian) crew walked away with minor injury. Alexandria, Va.-based-Omega Aerial Refueling Services, Inc. contracts with the military.

The NTSB is investigating.


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