1967 USS Forrestal fire unintended launch of a Zuni rocket from a F-4B Phantom, resulting in a fire which caused the deaths of 134 sailors and pilots onboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1967 THE OFFICIAL NAVAL RESPONSE TO THE FORRESTAL FIRE The US Navy, of course, delved into a deep investigation as to the causes of the Forrestal blaze and had come to many different conclusions that sought to explain why a Zuni munition had suddenly fired across the flight deck and struck Lieutenant Commander Fred D. White’s and McCain’s A-4 Skyhawk jets. 1967 USS Forrestal fire is the main article for the fire, we only need to summarize here. John McCain And The USS Forrestal Fire . A Small Rocket Hit A Fuel Tank On Another Plane 132 Dead Sailors, And Countless Wounded . It looks to me that McCain's book only summarizes the incident so I don't think its numbers are going to differ from other sources that deal specifically with the incident. (AP file photo) By Joshua Gillin August 7, 2017 Editor’s Note: John McCain died at the age of 81 on Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer. USS Forrestal In 1967 . The 1967 fire aboard USS Forrestal killed 134 sailors, and was one of several deadly fires on American aircraft carriers in this era.

A fire aboard the USS Forrestal after a rocket from an F-4 Phanton hit an A-4 Skyhawk killed 134 crew members in July 1967. Fire rages aboard the USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967.