The next morning was unbelievable. I walked outside my room for the first time in the morning and it was like the first snow of the winter...only it was sand. There was an eighth of an inch of dust covering EVERYTHING. It was wierd because it wasn't just on top of things, it was underneath and on the sides too! The wind was also so strong that trash cans had been blown 40 or 50 feet away, bikes were moved and upside down, and satelite dishes were thrown off of roofs.
I proceeded to work at 520 AM and walked to the crew chief office. Low and behold! Our "Veranda" had been torn down. This was like a shaded break area that we would often sit at when people smoked or just wanted to relax. We built it ourselves in about 2 weeks. Everything at work was covered in dust too. The trucks were so dusty inside and out we could'nt even sit in them without choking on the dust we kicked up. Thats when I thought to myself, if the dust got inside the trucks, what do the aircraft look like. I rushed out to my aircraft to find it completely covered in dust, inside and out. It was in the engines, in the cockpit, on the instruments, in the passenger seats...EVERYWHERE! So, we all scrambled to clean the aircraft before the takeoff time but they were still late. The weather was still bad by this time anyways, especially south where there was 400 meters of visiblity reported in some areas. We cant fly with anything less than 2 miles. My aircraft was just on standby incase one of the others broke so once the 2 flights took off we finished detailing the aircraft.
The first plane that landed today was amazing. It was a C-17, a very large cargo plane, that landed on the runway right in front of where we park. Because all that loose dust was still on the runway, the wake of the jet kicked up a tail of dust about 100 feet high. It was really cool to watch, but scary at the same time becuase when he did that you couldnt see anything for about 2 minutes as we were engulfed by it. Throughout the rest of the day we cleaned the remaining aircraft.
We were on the flight line cleaning the last aircraft when we saw another large plane coming in for an approach. We could all tell, seeing them hundreds of times, that something wasnt right. The approach angle was very steep and did not look safe. It passed the landing the first time and came around for another one, this time a little more safely. When it landed, all you saw was a huge flame behind the aircraft and it was tilted to one side. About half way down the runway it stopped and shut off its engines, leaning to the right. Soon after we saw people start to pour out of it and the firetrucks came. Apparently, the right landing gear did not go down when they went to land, so they landed on one wheel and the belly of the plane. It was amazing to watch, but scary at the same time. I'm not sure if anyone was hurt, but one medevac helicopter did make a trip to the hospital from there. I'll update the site when I find out more.
Anyways, I'm switching to night tommorrow. Much slower work schedule then. Maybe I'll write more often :P Talk to you all later.