Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Two Uncontained Engine Failures on Boeing Jets in One Day

Not just the incident over Broomfield, Colorado, but this one also (via airlive.net):

“A Longtail Aviation Boeing 747-400F diverted to Liege after one of the engine’s caught fire, sending out a loud bang.

The aircraft was operating flight LGT5504 from Maastricht Aachen Airport to New York. The aircraft departed from Maastricht at 4:11 pm.

After its engine caught fire and lost pieces of turbine blades shortly after departure, the aircraft entered into a holding pattern at 10,000 feet and diverted to Liege Airport.”

BREAKING Turbine blades of a Boeing 747-400F’s engine fell on several parked cars



Plutonium-239 and Americium-241 Contamination in the Denver Area

Now with Cesium sprinkles!

A 1972 article notes a ‘thin layer’ of Pu-239 contamination. I suppose that’s good news of a sort. The operators of Rocky Flats, however, went on to illegally incinerate and dump waste at least through 1989, when the plant was raided by the FBI.

Measurements of 239Pu and 90Sr in the top 1 cm surface layer of soils show that in this layer the 239Pu contamination in offsite areas just east of the Rocky Flats plant ranges up to hundreds of times that from nuclear tests. In the more densely populated areas of Denver the Pu contamination level in surface soils is several times fallout.

Plutonium-239 and Americium-241 Contamination in the Denver… : Health Physics.



Dirty Bismark

I don’t know — is that the proper term? Sounds nasty.

I rode this for the first time recently. A new twist on an old classic near Boulder.