05-19-2011, 07:51 AM #1
Navy Tanker carrying 150,000 lbs of jet fuel explodes off Calif coast, smoke is toxic
A Boeing 707 tanker carrying nearly 150,000 pounds of jet fuel skidded off a runway and burst into flames Wednesday as it took off from Point Mugu Naval Air Station in Southern California, an air base spokeswoman said.
Images from the NBC4 LA news helicopter showed thick black smoke and flames pouring from the light-colored aircraft after it slid off the runway at about 5:25 p.m. The three on board, all civilian employees, escaped with minor injuries, air station spokeswoman Terry Reid.
A helicopter dumped several loads of water on the plane, with little immediately discernible effect. 13 emergency units initially responded to the fire. Firefighters on the ground appeared to be letting the fire burn but were dousing the area around the tanker. The stricken plane came to a rest within a few hundred feet of the Pacific Ocean, but Reid said none of the fuel seeped into the ocean. It's not known where the tanker was headed at the time of the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the cause of the crash. Point Mugu Naval Air Station is in Ventura County and about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Officials cautioned that the smoke from the fire was partially toxic and encouraged nearby residents to stay inside and keep doors and windows closed, Reid said.
05-19-2011, 10:41 AM #2
It is a miracle the three onboard survived!
05-19-2011, 11:46 PM #3Registered User
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The plane was not a Navy tanker but was owned by Omega Aerial Refueling Services out of Alexandria, VA. which contracts with the Navy to provide refueling services to the fleet. Glad no one was hurt. Also I hope that the water from the helicopter was being dumped on the area around the burning plane and not on the plane itself. Jet fuel fires are put out with foam not water.
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