• Short Summary

    A FORMAL ENQUIRY INTO LAST WEEKEND'S FIRE ABORAD THE AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER FORRESTAL IN THE GULF OF TONKIN OPENED YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AT SUBIC BAY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

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    A FORMAL ENQUIRY INTO LAST WEEKEND'S FIRE ABORAD THE AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER FORRESTAL IN THE GULF OF TONKIN OPENED YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AT SUBIC BAY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

    THE FIRE AND EXPLOSIONS, WHICH WRECKED BIG SECTIONS OF THE CARRIER AS IT WAS PREPARING TO LAUNCH AIRCRAFT FOR AN ATTACK ON NORTH VIETNAM, KILLED 131 MEN AND INJURED 62. THREE OTHER MEN ARE STILL MISSING.

    A PRELIMINARY REPORT SAID IT WAS BELIEVED THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY AN EXPLODING FUEL TANK WHICH TOUCHED OFF A WHOLE SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS AMONG THE CARRIER'S PLANES.

    BOMBS BLASTED THE FLIGHT DECK AND HANGERS AND OTHER EXPLOSIONS MANGLED THE CARRIER TO A DEPTH OF SIX DECKS. THE FLIGHT DECK ALONE HAS SEVEN HUGE HOLES IN ITS STEEL AND REMAINS OF AIRCRAFT ARE STILL THERE. MANY OF THE SHATTERED JET FIGHTERS AND BOMBERS WERE PUSHED OVERBOARD AS THE FORRESTAL STEAMED SLOWLY TOWARDS SUBIC BAY, AND THE TOTAL NUMBER DESTROYED MOUNTED TO 26.

    AIRCRAFT LOSSES WERE ESTIMATED AT 70-MILLION DOLLARS AND DAMAGE TO THE CARRIER ITSELF AT ABOUT 20-MILLION DOLLARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC7Z03CB04K893SA9U6PTWCWVF
    Media URN:
    VLVAC7Z03CB04K893SA9U6PTWCWVF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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