by Hergé, Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper , Michael Turner
On a refueling stop in Jakarta on their way to Sydney, Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus chance upon their friend Skut (introduced in The Red Sea Sharks), now personal pilot for aircraft industrialist and eccentric millionaire Laszlo Carreidas. Tintin and his friends join the millionaire on his prototype private jet, the Carreidas 165, crewed by Skut, co-pilot Hans Boehm, navigator Paolo Colombani, and steward Gino. En route, Carreidas’ secretary Spalding, Boehm, and Colombani hijack the plane and bring it to a deserted volcanic island in the Lesser Sunda Islands, where the aircraft makes a rough landing on a makeshift runway made of interlocking metal strips, with a nylon barrier at the end. While disembarking from the plane, Snowy bolts from Tintin’s arms, runs off into the jungle under fire by gunmen, and is apparently killed. The mastermind of the plot then reveals himself as Rastapopoulos, intent on seizing Carreidas’ fortune. Captain Haddock’s corrupt ex-shipmate, Allan, is present as Rastapopoulos’s henchman, and Sondonesians have been hired as mercenaries.
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