Robert D. Beckel, 29, of Walla Walla, Washington, was able to land his F-100D at Nellis AFB, Nevada. «The Air Force said it was a ‘tribute to his flying skill’ that Beckel was able to land his plane, damaged in a wing. The Valkyrie was otherwise undamaged. 14 October Boeing KB-50K Superfortress, 48-065, of the 421st Air Refueling Squadron, Takhli RTAFB, crashed in Thailand shortly after takeoff on training mission while supporting Yankee missions over Laos. Some of the debris is contaminated with plutonium. Despite showing them his identity papers, it took a local village elder to defuse the situation. The crew also included Maj Emil B. A. Goldbeck, 40, navigator, of Kennelworth, New Jersey; Maj George J. Szabo, 44, electronics countermeasures officer, of Columbus, Ohio; and MSgt Burl D. Deas, 39, tail gunner, of Charleston, West Virginia. The vertical fin was torn off in turbulence.