US NTSB investigates engine fire on refuelling aircraft

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The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an 18 May accident of a Boeing 707-321B (N707AR) that experienced an engine fire.

The fire occurred on takeoff from Point Mugu Naval Air Station in Port Hueneme, California.

NTSB said the aircraft is registered and operated by Omega Air, an air refueling contractor using specially equipped and converted civilian aircraft to serve as air refuelling platforms for the US military.

Representatives from the FAA, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney and the US Navy Air Safety Centre are participating in the investigation.