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Squawks & Headlines50 pound slab of blue ice falls off Air Force One narrowly missing “Occupy Las Vegas” protesters

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50 pound slab of blue ice falls off Air Force One narrowly missing “Occupy Las Vegas” protesters

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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....Too easy so will pass on comment. (canadafreepress.com) More...

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DanWardlaw
Dan Wardlaw 1
Mythbusters proved it could be happen... It happened in YYC when ice fell off the wing on the approach to 34 went through a house roof.
yock
OT: Here's a tip to anyone running a website. If you display popup ads for merely mousing-over a word in an article, I will blackhole your site. I never want to visit canadafreepress.com ever again...
2point0
2point0 0
Sounds like a load of crap to me... (Couldn't resist that). The evidence had conveniently melted before officials could witness it? C'mon...
linbb
Boyd Butler 0
Gee all that remained was some kind of smelly brown stuff,did they taste it or take a dna sample of it to see if it matched anyone on the aircraft? And by the way did the BAMA spend any of our money on the slots down there? Might just as well have as he did it with our tax money give away to stimulate us.
umcima1964
guy lever 0
stupid story...what news value is there?
Jecain
Jonathan Cain 0
too bad it didnt hit any of them..
Flyaay
Bryan McKee 0
That is great and all but they landed on the 25's not the 19's.
BoeingFan59
Troy Raiteri 0
Haha! That's funny just that if the ice just moved to their tents just a little bit closer!
rick737
richard weiss 0
If he truely is the annoited one, this may be holy sh!t!!!!
JD345
JD345 0
I guess they're right when they say the top 1% is crapping on everybody else.
alwilson565
Alan Wilson 0
Your comment just reminded me of the youtube hit chocolate rain. Maybe it could be the sound track for this article.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwTZ2xpQwpA
indy2001
indy2001 0
Sorry, I'm not buying this. Considering how carefully both presidential aircraft are maintained, I don't believe anything like this could possibly happen. And if it somehow did, every new organization would be talking about it, which I haven't seen at all.
sheltonrl
Ron Shelton 0
Now the occupiers really feel like peons.
ou42football
Tim Hopper 0
To quote Ed Sabol; founder of NFL Films & Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame... "You can't soar like an eagle, and crap like a canary!"
cheefpilot
cheefpilot 0
I guess Obama is sh!tting on America in more ways than one
Stonesurfer
Stonesurfer 0
Little known fact: Air Force One airframes also have counter- protester defensive measures.
skuttlerats
Jeffrey Babey 0
This story makes me smile. Evil smile of course ;)
jmilazzo
joe milazzo 0
Dried-up Blue Juice leaves a blue residue!!!!
Nothing gives me a warmer fuzzy then some disguntal protesters sitting out underneath final!
Ryan198416
Ryan Viveiros 0
I am in total agreement with Indy2001. These airplane are thoroughly inspected after each mission and are the most well maintained aircraft, possibly in the world. And with several dozen people there, We are supposed to believe that no one had a camera and took a picture of this 50 pound ice chunk? I think I am going to have to call BS on this story.
firesafety552
firesafety552 0
if the stuff had hit them, would they be known as sh!t heads...some funny.....
KauaiGolfer
KauaiGolfer 0
I don't believe this for a second. I've seen firsthand how meticulously maintained these 747's are. There's no way in hell a dripping lav is going to be missed on this airplane!
firepower
Ray Coleman 0
Maybe the pilots of Air Force One are conservatives and took this opportunity to practice their "flour drop" on a suitable target............one can only Hope!
ToddBaldwin3
Todd Baldwin 0
I worked on the systems integration for that aircraft. I don't remember us installing a bombing system. I wonder what his CEP was for that drop?
frankidee
Frank DeLeon 0
Pilot needs more bombing accuracy training.
firepower
Ray Coleman 0
What is a CEP?
navydoc192
steven meyer 0
That's rather apropo, crap from the sky almost hitting people spewing crap.
kea001
Tom Kearney 0
It's blue ice to you, but Royal Jelly to his admirers. "Show us a sign, oh chosen one!!"
kldfligtrrt
kldfligtrrt 0
sounds like a sign to me.
chalet
chalet 0
I was told by very reliable sources that indeed blue ice slabs wre surretitiously were planted on the wings by... who else, GOP candidate Rick Perry (LOL!)
ATCguy1
ATCguy1 0
Haha..nice! Great story..thanks for the post.
plcreary
Peter Creary 0
AF1 landed on 25L!!
dratte
David Ratte 0
I guess that's the 0.1% showing the 99s what he thinks ;)
tcavin
tcavin 0
how appropriate that even the president's plane took a dump on the protesters....
WigzellRM
Ralph Wigzell 0
What were they doing on the flight to generate all that blue ice?
rswguyinmo
doug bell 0
Teach them not to stand on realestate that is for the people who love avation and all things that fly!!!!!!
travelmaster
Mark Panitz 0
how do they know it came from af 1? there are over 1,000 plane landing
in las vegas not juts AF 1!
slimmons
Josh Simmons 0
If there ever was a metaphor.....
HBFlyer
HBFlyer 0
What a BS politically motives story. Canada Free Press... Hahaha... What a joke!
secondamendment
Actually it's only 10 miles inside class B. Sorry.
herm43506
Andrew Herman 0
2 things, 1.) They need to improve their aim, 2.) There's a lot more crap on that A/C that could be ejected and people would complain/rejoice, depends on your views.
raghu38
It would have been news if it had hit someone and caused damage. Since it did not, it is just a "be careful in future" to those who want to keep loitering in land located in the final approach of any runway.
n825al
John Belcher 0
Obama misses again,darn!!!
TimGaff
Tim Gaffron 0
Don't believe evreything you read...
diktabu
diktabu 0
Seems the White House displayed their "True Colors" to the Occupy protesters. . .
gahorn
George Horn 0
If THIS is the sort of "story" and if the crude remaarks left by "readers" are any indication of the intelligence and sophistication level of FlightAware ...then UN-subscribe me!
marqwitt
Marquis Witt 0
Something will be made of that politically.
aclufffa
Alan Cluff 0
I don't even care if this isn't true... too funny to not have fun with.
JLLOYD1948
JAMES LLOYD 0
Sounds like the bombadier needs to adjust his sights
gradypilot
Obviously there were no Navy Seals on board, they don't miss their targets....oh, wait a minute, that was the annointed one's constituents down there. Must have been a right wing mole on the plane that did it. come on Indy2001, what news org other than Fox reports the truth about Obama or covers anything negative?
secondamendment
"George" Seeing that you read the article and all of the comments and we still are not sophisticated enough for you might I suggest you go and read the huffington post?
Protoavis
Protoavis 0
So Dems dump on their own as with Blue States...too funny.
Jaymcee
Joe Casey 0
I'll bet those guys were. "pissed"!
defly
Drew Eliott 0
I wonder if they used a Norden bomb sight?
bjohnsonmn
Talk about a politician dumping on the people!
AZAFVET
Wayne Fox 0
Talking about a President "shittiing" on his constituents!
Justice41
If there was nothing left..... how did they know is was 50 lbs. I mean come on, no one in the group had a camera or a cell phone to take a picture of the event!!!!
RCrock
A good campain deposite for that group.
elroar
elroar 0
Missed?! Oh well, they will have to swing around for another pass... ;-)
wwindus
Walter Windus 0
You guys missed the real headlines on this article. "Obama craps and pisses on the Las Vegas Tea Party".
xgym777
PJ Glassey 0
I agree with 2point0. It's a made up story by the protestors to get more press and feed their victim mentality.
xgym777
PJ Glassey 0
I agree with 2point0. I think it's a made up story by the protestors to get more press and validate their victim mentality.
heyboom
john rytkonen 0
the Dems almost get the Demos. They should be honored.
Now they can order a solar powered toilet.... and won't have those dangerous chemicals.
nlukosavich
Nell Lukosavich 0
Oh, the irony...
duaners
Duane Steiner 0
They probably had trouble telling which brown smelly mess it was.
Jgkkhk
Ha. It's a shame it wasn't on take off so it was still in it's liquid form and "crop dusted" the hole group of them.
Vandy58
"...leaving only a smelly brown residue". Oh that begs for a comment.
macareno
Marc Renaud 0
To let anyone stand in front of a landing aircraft is the stupidest airport management decision. Yes I know the bozos who do plane spotting there are also to blame.

It may be really cool to have a giant aircraft leaving some rubber on the top of your head like in St-Marteens ( Princess Juliana Airport ) but still it is very dangerous and I think might be a distraction for the pilots.

Well that is my opinion.
okie5
Ronald Lee 0
God, I'm always amazed at the Hugh amount of idiots out there.
DVA7130
Ryan Morse 0
So, they literally just got shit on by Obama??
PaulKFisher
Paul Fisher 0
BS Air Force One landed on 25R at a few minutes before 12. I was there.
PaulKFisher
Paul Fisher 0
Air Force One landed on 25R . I was there. Cool story though
devsfan
ken young 0
First Sh!tt*r, out of order?
jellicoe
This is funny, not for AFOne's maintenance staff. But to get a chance to poke around White House poo, the press would have loved it
jelswick1
Jim Elswick 0
Not sure I buy it's accuracy, but if so, that's very funny!
kea001
Tom Kearney 0
Now we have the evidence to conclusively prove that the President lacks piss and vinegar.
pmsawyer
Pete Sawyer 0
For an aircraft toilette to leak requires two failures as shown on Mythbusters http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-blue-ice/ Granted the aircraft in the video is not a 747 but they all use a similar system. One thing that can be counted on is that the system on Air Force One is the best maintained aircraft in the world.

Not only was it irresponsible to report an obvious fabrication it was equally irresponsible to propagate the fabrication.
canuck44
This story was posted for a little mirth whether veracious or not; we will likely never know. The posting was instructive though and the comments became more hilarious than the visual concept generated by reading it while visualizing blue and textured rain on the non-productive at the end of the runway.

The Tail Hookers all basically thought it was funny and it gave them an opportunity to express the black humor found in ERs, police departments, cockpits (when the old guys are there), operating rooms and the like. (Am I allowed to use that term?) They really didn't care whether it was true or not. Sheila can be an honorary Tail Hooker.

Some were enraged at the quality of the journalism, admittedly if any, although it was reported by the LV Sun, too. George threatened to leave the site. I wonder if he and Matt read the NY Times and the Washington Post or watch MSNBC?

Others leaped to the defense of the Air Force assuming that this was mechanically impossible on such a stellar aircraft. A few naturally seemed to be truly insulted they were not included with David Gregory and Chris Tingles Matthews and set out to prove their DNA should be enshrined with that of Obama and Mooch as well. Much of that was as every bit as funny as the black humor.

Thanx for the entertainment all...left and right.
thecohorts
Matt LaMay 0
I don't buy it. First off, I'm sure that the ground crew of Air Force 1 know how to properly service the lavatories...and if the lavatories are serviced correctly, there will be no blue ice. Secondly, it is impossible for there to be human waste mixed in with the blue ice because of the way it is serviced and sealed. Blue ice forms when the ground crew fills the blue juice tank and disconnects the hose prior to to the excess completely draining out. Lastly, a 50lb chunk (if you could even get a chunk that big) would have fallen long before they were on final...perhaps one of the protester defecated on the pavement, and they decided to get some attention from it.

Just my 2 cents
MrMisterio
Yeaaah ! I couldn't imagine the protesters with arms up and singing "Toto's" song " Africa" an saying : " I bless the rains down in Nevada " . But , no way ! sh!t happens !HA,ha,ha,ha,ha. Nice story , make me laugh.
jellicoe
This is when you need to dismiss the logic and just enjoy the premise of the story.
TonyRC
TonyRC 0
petecourt
Pete Court 0
This Blue Ice Myth has already been busted. (See Myth Busters)The number of valve failures that has to happen is unlikely at best. For an aircraft like Air Force One to have that many failures you have to be kidding and gullible if you believe this crap. I like most of what I read here but this does not belong here.
cdroflv
What a bunch of CRAP....AirForce One, never came close to flying over this area. Landed on Rnwy 25 coming in from the East and took off going West Bound. Site of sit in is downtown, not in flight pattern and no where close.

bigmoosewi
Mike Thiel 0
I must say, it's too bad it missed all those idiots!
mitcoyote
Joe Horton 0
Reminds me of the one about a guy in a car stopped a red light. Bunch of protesters pull up next to him, loud, threatening, insulting America and Israel--you know the type. Suddenly, from nowhere, an 18-wheeler plows into them. Kills every one in the car, just like that. Guy thinks, wow. That could have been me. Then he goes out takes lessons in driving 18-wheelers.

ba-dum, bum....
secondamendment
What can I add? Better luck next time maybe? The irony would have been great. For those wondering what the "news value" of this story is, go grab another mocha, kick your sandals off and just enjoy it.
laxlover
Stephen Brown 0
Oh so right!!
canuck44
Absolutely no news value whatsoever, but some humor and levity, which, had it hit the "Occupiers", would have transitioned to "feel good" status.
BenKFIT
Ben Lillie 0
Yes, it is VERY annoying.
canuck44
LOL Richard....maybe they are trying to tell us his shit doesn't stink which is why they couldn't find anything of substance is the blue rain.
Stonesurfer
Stonesurfer 0
Yeah, it has to be bravo sierra. No other sources either.
rick737
richard weiss 0
With all the news media absorbing every word of Nobama's sh!t, the lav system was simply overwhelmed. The holy sh!t fell to the ground as gift to we mere 99ers.
canuck44
We are being too cruel...it should be perfectly clear that if any of this was actually from Dear Leader's colon there would be DNA traces of David Gregory and Chris Matthews.
kb9uwu
indy2001, Duh! Look around on the linked website! Total neocon tabloid.
kb9uwu
Ryan, let the crazies on here believe it... it's more funny for us :)
kb9uwu
i'm pretty sure the pilots of AF1 are smart enough to not bring petty politics into their office.
kb9uwu
kind of like how ignorance is the royal jelly to the teabaggers!
Michaeleagle
I love it....Just because it's Air Force One does not mean they can(or will) clean up the stuff on the plane...maybe if it had the bomb site from WWII they might have made a direct it....
rick737
richard weiss 0
Are you sure it wasn't Bush's falt?
mzk49o1
mzk49o1 0
You could always run Firefox with AdBlocker Plus and never have to deal with pop-ups again.
toolguy105
toolguy105 0
For one thing there is a 20 mile separation between AF 1 and all other traffic. Normal separation is 3 to 5 miles.
DemetriusTheCynic
Who cares what sites you blackhole?? This article has NOTHING, whatsoever, to do with canadafreepress.com use of popup ads. Quit your whining!
herm43506
Andrew Herman 0
Plus, there is a traffic stop at any and all airports when AF1 is taking off or landing, from about 15 minutes prior to about 15 minutes after. It varies depending on how quickly they move Eagle from A/C to motorcade and back again after his visit.
aclufffa
Alan Cluff 0
George, your response made it even funnier!!! Awesome!
gradypilot
Bye George, see ya, wouldn't want to be ya, by George!
s2v8377
I agree with you blue ice following off of Air Force One sounds like BS to me. Those aircraft are the best maintained B747's in the world. They don't fail or develop leaks. If this plane had even the smallest issue, I have a hard time believing it would have even left the hanger at Andrews.
wwindus
Walter Windus 0
Change that to read "Obama craps and pisses on the Occupy Las Vegas group".
okie5
Ronald Lee 0
Well, I don't think the pilots are watching the tourists!
Riccaldwell
George - There are a few surgeons in this thread. I recommend you contact one quickly and have a sense of humor transplant.
plcreary
Peter Creary 0
All that everyone on this post has said is based on a false statement. AF1 landed on 25L not 19. I live in Vegas and watched the approach to 25. Yes you have to smile just reading the comments and I'm sure this story will be an urban legend.Once again the press gets the facts completely wrong. Yes I do enjoy the humor.
dbaker
Daniel Baker 0
Good insights. Wish I could upvote this comment.
rick737
richard weiss 0
Spoken as only a surgeon could. Nice one, John.
umcima1964
guy lever 0
hahahahaha...John thanks for making me laugh this afternoon!
toolguy105
toolguy105 0
I agree; that plane is showroom fresh every time it leaves Andrews AFB. While it is possible it would develop a leak I think it would be a newsworthy item for the Friday new Trash day, which it wasn't.
Sunny9850
Sunny9850 0
Well put.
shefilly
You guys are too funny! Thanks for the belly laugh!
chalet
chalet 0
Actually Richard it was Cheney's idea who ordered Dumbya to do it but he took so long that Rickie Perrie was tasked carry on with it(LOL)
thecohorts
Matt LaMay 0
I was gonna say...AF1 has always landed on 25L. At least during my 3 year tenure at KLAS.
indy2001
indy2001 0
So what's your problem with my post? That was exactly the point I was trying to make!