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Aircraft catches fire at Point Mugu's naval air station [Updated]

May 18, 2011 |  6:26 pm

Boeing 707 Crashes on Runway at Point Mugu

A Boeing 707 aircraft was engulfed in flames Wednesday evening at the Point Mugu Navy base, officials said.

Three people aboard the Navy aircraft were believed to have escaped as it was burning, the Ventura County Fire Department said. It was unclear whether they were injured.

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

[Updated at 6:29 p.m.: The amount of fuel on board was 150,000 pounds, a source says.]

He said it was unclear whether the plane was landing or taking off. No other details were immediately available

-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Fire crews battle fire on military jet at Point Mugu. Credit: KTLA News