The night of July 4th is always a sight to behold from the tower, as the city becomes a carpet of fireworks. I shot this short video to give you a taste of it, but you'll have to take my word for it because the video really doesn't do it justice. From before sundown until when I left at one in the morning, there were fireworks going off all over the city. Incoming pilots remarked that it looked like a war zone.
As I write this on Saturday afternoon, the investigation has barely begun on the Asiana crash landing in San Francisco. I don't know anything more than what is publicly available on CNN and other media outlets. I can tell you that some aircraft that had been destined for San Francisco diverted to LAX when SFO was closed; here are shots of two of them, both aircraft types that we don't get to see at LAX from these carriers very often:
|Air New Zealand 8|