POINT MUGU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a commercial aerial refueling tanker that burned on a Southern California Navy base experienced an engine fire during a takeoff attempt.

point mugu plane crash 110518 53 NTSB: 707 Had Engine Fire During Takeoff Attempt At Point Mugu

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The NTSB said Thursday it dispatched a team of investigators to the Naval air station at Point Mugu, where the four-engine aircraft was destroyed Wednesday. Its three crew members escaped with only minor injuries.

The safety board says the Boeing 707 was registered to and operated by Omega Air Inc., a contractor that uses converted civilian airplanes to provide aerial refueling services to the military.

The air station at Point Mugu is part of Naval Base Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles.

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Comments (6)
  1. John says:

    A 707? Are you serious? That’s one OLD aircraft! The majority of these were built in the 1960’s.

    1. Ron -> www.diaryofanatheist.blogspot.com says:

      Only the best equipment for our boys in the military 😦

  2. Ivan says:

    the r efuel B-52s built in the 50s. You pint is?

  3. Ben Albert says:

    Since when are we contracting refueling services to military aircraft?

  4. Sky says:

    What a great way to obscure a military refueling plane by using a commercial plane.

  5. Mark says:

    Its just for local refueling nothing more.

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