50-pound slab of blue ice falls off Air Force One, narrowly missing Occupy Las Vegas protesters
LAS VEGAS – 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.
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. According to witnesses, the slab fell to earth seconds after Air Force One passed overhead while landing.
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.
Walker told INSIDE VEGAS that he is personally investigating the incident, and will communicate his findings to the President’s staff.