This is a 6-page, self-contained story in
Countdown Holiday Special 1971.
Like several past UFO comic strips, Carlin's last name is
spelled "Karlin" in this story.
The UFO that crashes in the Amazon turns out to have
apparently been pilotless, with only a computer package
installed as pilot and recorder, with the package taken by the
primitive Amazonian indigenous tribe, before Foster and
Jefferson take it back, largely to save the primitives from the
inevitable programmed self-destruction of the device. This
makes Straker appear as a something of an A-hole when Foster
reports in on the last page and Straker says, "In a way it's a
pity you didn't leave the machine in the Indian camp. If it
was designed to relay information, it would have been
interesting to see what the aliens made of the primitive
ceremonies of those folk." Callous, much? Not to mention
that SHADO would probably never learn what the aliens made
of the information if they had received it!
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