• Short Summary

    THE FIRE-SCARRED UNITED STATES AIRCRAFT CARRIER FORRESTAL LAST NIGHT (MONDAY) LIMPED INTO THE NAVAL BASE OF SUBIC BAY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

  • Description

    THE FIRE-SCARRED UNITED STATES AIRCRAFT CARRIER FORRESTAL LAST NIGHT (MONDAY) LIMPED INTO THE NAVAL BASE OF SUBIC BAY IN THE PHILIPPINES. AT LEAST 76 OFFICERS AND MEN ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED IN THE FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT ABOARD THE 76,000 TON CARRIER IN THE GULF OF TONKIN ON SATURDAY. IT WAS THE WORST DISASTER SUFFERED BY A U.S. NAVAL SHIP SINCE WORLD WAR II.

    ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY NAVY ACCOUNTS, THE FIRE BEGAN WHEN FLAMES SHOT OUT FROM A JET AIRCRAFT'S EXHAUST AND IGNITED A ROCKET ON ANOTHER AIRCRAFT. THE ROCKET FROM THE SECOND JET FLASHED ACROSS THE CARRIER'S DECK AND EXPLODED INTO A THIRD AIRCRAFT, SETTING OFF ITS FUEL AND BOMBS. THERE WERE MORE EXPLOSIONS, THE HUGE FLIGHT DECK WAS ENGULFED BY FLAMES, AND THE FIRE REACHED AS DEEP AS SIX DECKS BELOW THE FLIGHT DECK.

    TWENTY-SIX JETS WERE DESTROYED OR DUMPED OVERBOARD TO KEEP THEM, FROM EXPLODING ON THE FLIGHT DECK. THE FORRESTAL, A BASE FOR U.S. AIRCRAFT ATTACKS ON NORTH VIETNAM, HAD BEEN IN THE GULF OF TONKIN ONLY FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.

    MANY OF THE DEAD WERE TRAPPED IN THEIR BUNKS BY THE SEARING FLAMES WHICH MELTED STEEL DOORS AND BULKHEADS. OTHERS DROWNED WHEN THEY LE??? OVERBOARD TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES AND EXPLODING AIRCRAFT.

    SPOKESMEN SAID YESTERDAY THAT 69 MEN WERE STILL MISSING AND 64 INJURED. MORE THAN A HUNDRED OF THE CARRIER'S 4,400 MAN CREW HAD NOT BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR, AND IT WAS FEARED THE FINAL DEATH TOLL WOULD REACH NEARLY 200.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAIFL0VM07CTOXZRJLZALKNPEM
    Media URN:
    VLVAAIFL0VM07CTOXZRJLZALKNPEM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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