For the sixth successive day there has been no air strike by either United States or South Vietnamese aircraft against North Vietnam.
For the sixth successive day there has been no air strike by either United States or South Vietnamese aircraft against North Vietnam. But despite the lull in the offensive north of the seventeenth parallel planes of both countries are continuing with raids against the Viet Cong in South Vietnam.
In the meantime, an investigating team from the United States has arrived in Saigon to being an inquiry into Sunday's accidental explosion at the Bien Hoa air base 12 miles (20 kms) from Saigon. The blast killed 26 Americans, four South Vietnamese and wounded about 110 others, nine of them seriously. It also destroyed about 15 planes and damaged many others.
The explosion was caused by a 550 pound (225 kilo) bomb detonating in the bomb bay of an American B-57 Canberra bomber. This caused a chain reaction of other explosions amongst aircraft standing armed and loaded nearby.
A fleet of ambulances and helicopters was pressed into service to ferry the seriously hurt to hospitals in Saigon. As a number of unexploded bombs remained on the wreckage of the loading ramp, no press photographers or newsreel cameramen were allowed in the base, and no one within 300 yards (274.3 metres) of the unexploded bombs. All the bombs were fitted with 144 hour delayed action fuses.
Total losses of aircraft included IO B-57's, one Crusader jet, one propeller driven Skyraider and two light spotter planes destroyed and 25 other Skyraiders damaged. Replacements for the lost B-57's have already been sent to South Vietnam from the Philippines.