The scout ship has encountered a phased particle beam that has been directed through a sub-ether wormhole. Surprise, surprise!
Dutch staggered to the flight controls, looking into the radioactive hell that moments before was the port-side drive pod and wondered why he still lived.
It seemed he had lost his tunic - nothing left but melted tatters, and there was a pain in his chest. "All right," he rumbled to himself. "Let's get this bucket on the ground before it finishes falling apart!"