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Old 05-18-2011, 05:16 PM
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Just watching the TV news out here in LA and they are showing the fire from a tanker crash at Point Mugu. Three crewmembers apparently walked away, so that's good news. Looks to me from the news chopper pix that it was an aborted takeoff that went bad. That is pure speculation, however.
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I heard RTO as well.

POINT MUGU, VENTURA COUNTY (KABC) -- The Ventura County Fire Dept. reports a military Boeing 707 plane with three people on board went down at the Pt. Mugu naval air base.


The three onboard escaped with minor injuries.

Large plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the aircraft located near the beach.

The plane is reportedly a Boeing 707 plane, which is considered an older model. The plane reportedly crashed on takeoff. NAVAIR Point Mugu, the naval air base, issued a flight-restricted-area designation, requiring any aircraft to maintain a distance of at least 5 miles.

Approximately 150,000 pounds of jet fuel was reportedly onboard when the plane crashed.

Skid marks are visible veering off the main runway at the base. It appeared the crash occurred at the end of the landing strip. Several firefighting agencies were summoned to extinguish the flames burning the plane. There is a possibility of a hazardous-material situation.

The smoke and fuel can be toxic. People in the area are being warned to stay indoors and away from the smoke.
Naval plane crash lands at Pt. Mugu base | abc7.com

Skid marks are visible veering off the main runway at the base.
And other locations as well I would imagine. Crew OK though.

Funny thing was the News said "stay inside", but if you happen to be outside and can take a picture with your cellphone.........
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"Naval plane crash lands at Pt. Mugu base"

That has to be one of the worse headlines I've read in a very long time!
It certainly isn't Naval.
Heck - it isn't even a 'military' plane!
TERRIBLE reporting!

Glad everyone seems to have walked away.

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Originally Posted by USMCFLYR View Post
Heck - it isn't even a 'military' plane!
Exactly. It an Omega Tanker.


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Unregard, I just saw the pics.

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If you're at all interested.

Omega Air Refueling

Current Fleet of Aircraft
  • 2 x Boeing K-707s (specially modified B-707-300)
  • 1 x McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 (specially modified DC-10-40)
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If you're at all interested.

Omega Air Refueling

Current Fleet of Aircraft
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The website might have to be updated
I believe that they have had a really good safety record with no Class A mishaps up until this time. At least I have never heard of them having any.
I've flown out of Pt Mugu quite a bit before. That mishap will garner a lot of environmental attention from some in CA.

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Worst bird problem I've ever seen at an airport. The airfield is surrounded by wetlands. We complain all the time...hope that wasn't causal to the accident.
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Originally Posted by VSTOLG4 View Post
Worst bird problem I've ever seen at an airport. The airfield is surrounded by wetlands. We complain all the time...hope that wasn't causal to the accident.
They were loaded with give, looks like they went off the end on maybe a high speed abort. You could have a plausible cause.

Pure speculation, beyond the fact that those guys walked away everything else is superfluous.
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Originally Posted by USMCFLYR View Post
TERRIBLE reporting!
Here's something else you'll enjoy:

Plane Crashes in Southern California, Three People Escape - Central Coast News KION/KCBA

The plane was loaded with 150 pounds of fuel, according to Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash.


Glad everyone got out okay.
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