Point Mugu Crash

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on May 18, 2011 a refueling aircraft crashed and burst into flames in a wetlands area adjacent to the runway at the Point Mugu Naval Air Station in Ventura County. There were no fatalities reported. The plane was carrying approximately 20,000 to 25,000 gallons of jet fuel. An unknown amount of fuel spilled into Point Mugu Lagoon, a sensitive habitat. The lagoon is tidally influenced and boom was deployed to stop the fuel from entering the ocean. Species of concern in the area are snowy plovers, least terns, clapper rails and harbor seals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) deployed a response team to the site to assess impacts to the wildlife and the environment and to oversee cleanup operations. In addition, CDFW activated the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. A wildlife care team was deployed to rescue and transport any injured animals to local care facilities.