A group of several dozen “Occupy Las Vegas” protesters camping on Clark County land located under the final approach to Runway 19 at McCarran International Airport today narrowly missed being injured when a 50 lb. slab of “blue ice” reportedly landed within feet of their tents.Obama waste hitting those protesting the economy and bailouts or whatever it is they're protesting at Occupy Las Vegas. You don't need a PhD in literature criticism to dissect that symbolism.
According to witnesses, the slab fell to earth seconds after Air Force One passed overhead while landing.
Blue ice is the frozen material formed by leaks in commercial aircraft lavatory waste tanks, a mixture of human waste and vivid blue liquid disinfectant that freezes at high altitude. The ice generally dissipates long before the aircraft lands, but there have been documented cases of blue ice clinging to aircraft surfaces until the aircraft reaches warmer air on approach to landing, then the ice may separate from the aircraft and fall to earth.
Clark County Director of Aviation Randall Walker was immediately notified and dispatched airport personnel to the campsite, but witnesses report that the blue ice had melted by the time officials arrived leaving only a smelly brown residue.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Thankfully no one was hurt, but if this story were in a novel, it would seem like heavy-handed symbolism.