The Plutonium Wreck
|The Plutonium Wreck|
|Produced for:||Fantomen 15/2010|
|# of pgs:||32|
A cargo airplane is flying on low altitude across the Bengali jungle, its cargo barrels with radioactive plutonium. The airplane is piloted by Sala, who is in contact by radio with Rhodian officers who ask when she will arrive. Sala hates working for Rhodian scum but she has personal reasons to support Rhodia against Bengali. After an engine fire the airplane crashes in the Bengali jungle. Sala manages to parachute out over the jungle. The air traffic control at Morristown Airport spots the mysterious plane on radar. One of the operators alert his superior but is advised to keep silent about this.
One week later Sala is leading a group of Rhodian soldiers into Bengali to find the crashed plane. The Phantom is alerted by talking drums that Rhodian soldiers have crossed the border and decides to investigate. By following the group he learns that they are searching for a crashed airplane and inside the cargo hold he discovers the barrels.
The air traffic control operator visits the presidential palace to try to speak with president Singh. The president's national security advisor has the operator silenced.
The Rhodian commando group has found the plane and loads the barrels into a cargo helicopter. The Phantom strikes down the Rhodian radio operator and puts on his uniform. Dressed in Rhodian uniform he manages to sneak onto the helicopter. He disarms Sala and starts to shoot wildly with her pistol. The Rhodian commandos surrender immediately and supervised by the Bengali airforce the helicopter heads for a Bengali airforce base. Sala flirts with the Phantom but he parachutes over the jungle. Sala and the Rhodian commandos are arrested when the helicopter lands.
Back in the Skull Cave, Diana is surprised to learn that Sala has returned again. The Phantom believes that now that Sala has been arrested it will be a test to see if president Singh will let her have a fair trial or if she will allow Sala to disappear quietly.
- The 21st Phantom
- Diana Palmer-Walker
- Sala (as captain Salambo)
- Sandal Singh (mentioned only)
- Colonel Worubu
- Ervin, Rhodian pilot
- Rhodian general
- Talking drums
- It is terror for the evil man to awake in darkness and see The Phantom
- "The Singh Brotherhood" by Lee Falk and Ray Moore
- "The Sky Band" by Lee Falk and Ray Moore
- "The Return of the Sky Band" by Lee Falk and Ray Moore
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "The Plutonium Wreck", The Phantom #1577 (2010)
- "Plutoniumhylky", Mustanaamio 15/2010
- "Plutoniumvraket", Fantomet 14-15/2010
- "Plutoniumvraket", Fantomen 15/2010