Fllcontinental From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 344 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4265 times:
My worst was flying between FLL and MCO on a CO Connection B1900 during a large thunderstorm. We had a very slow, long take off (for a B1900) and climbed at a very slow rate. The pilot said that we would be flying through some turbulence. A few minutes later we heard a very loud boom and then the plane started rattling. The plane then lost 2500 feet and we heard another earshattering boom. The plane started to shake like we were on the ground during an earthquake. The plane lost another 2500 feet. At that point most people on the plane were screaming and one woman at the front yelled "we're all gonna die." Oru plane then jolted back and we started falling into a type of nosedive. We could now easily see the everglades below us. Our altitude kept decreasing to a dangerous low. Then we heard this sound that sounded like a bomb being dropped. I looked out my window and saw dozens of lightning bolts blasting the ground around us. We dropped even more and then we heard a loud pounding as the plane got shattered by rain. We finally reached MCO and came in on approach very fast and very, very low. We hit the runway and bounced back up into the air then we smashed back down and skidded toward the end of the runway. That was terrifying.
TWA757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4262 times:
The scariest flight I've ever taken was in late August of 2005, EWR-STL on a Chatauqua ERJ. I hadn't looked at a weather map before the flight (and had I looked, I probably would have been even more terrified!). It was a hot, sticky, sunny day in Newark. I'd only gotten 3 hours of sleep the night before (plus endured a two-hour drive to EWR) so I was exhausted. From the moment we rotated until we reached cruising altitude we were rocked by turbulence. It was probably only about a 20-minute period, but it felt like forever. I was the most scared I'd ever been on an airplane, and as a nervous flier who doesn't like turbulence, this flight set me back a ways in my comfort level with turbulence. It turned out that we took off through the remnants of Hurricane Katrina (the system moved north and then east after it hit the Gulf Coast area), so while I don't know how to classify that turbulence, it was pretty bad. The rest of the flight was smooth, but I was so shaken by the turbulence at the beginning of the flight and still so exhausted, that it didn't make for a pleasant experience.
The most recent time I've felt a similar kind of turbulence was in May 2007 going BOS-BGR on American Eagle, descending through a ton of cloud cover and fog. We didn't come out of the clouds until probably 5-10 seconds before we landed.
I've found that turbulence only bothers me when it's on takeoff or during cruise -- bumps while descending don't really bother me as much. I guess I feel like, on takeoff, the bumps could contribute to bringing the plane back down to the ground, which isn't a good feeling, but while landing, we're supposed to be descending anyway so it's not as big a deal to me. Does anyone else share those feelings?
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4220 times:
Turbulence doesn't really bother me much to be honest. It can be annoying if long in duration. I remember one flight from STL to CHA-light turbulence for an hour after leaving STL due to rising moisture and updrafts.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
DFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4196 times:
My worst flight wasn't a scary flight but a recent flight when I got, what I'm pretty sure was, food poisoning. Last February I was flying FRA-DFW on LH and decided to try the salmon. About two hours out from DFW I started to get as sick as a dog. For the first time ever I had the barf bag in my hand. When I finally landed and made it out of the terminal, I about died, I was so sick. And it lasted for over 24 hours. Never again will I eat fish on a flight! It's beef and chicken for me, or I'll do without!
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4026 times:
My worst flight was on a Shorts 360 from Sligo to Dublin in a storm, in March 2001. We bounced from beginning to end, it really seemed from time to time control was lost and we were tumbling like a leave in the wind. The flight took like 80 minutes (should be 45) so either there was headwind or the pilot took a detour to avoid even worse weather. During the flight I swore I'd take the boat back to Amsterdam and never fly again, but of course I already sort of forgot by the next day . After some more dreadful flights early 2004 I was also a bit afraid of flying into turbulence but luckily that fear slowly went away again. A thing which helped was when I read once that pilots of cargo aircraft don't avoid turbulence as much as on passenger flights just to give them a smoother ride, it convinced me that turbulence was really no big deal for the cockpit crew. So tell this to every nervous flyer !
Quoting TWA757 (Reply 1): I've found that turbulence only bothers me when it's on takeoff or during cruise -- bumps while descending don't really bother me as much. I guess I feel like, on takeoff, the bumps could contribute to bringing the plane back down to the ground, which isn't a good feeling, but while landing, we're supposed to be descending anyway so it's not as big a deal to me. Does anyone else share those feelings?
I have exactly the same ! I have been pretty intimidated with post take off and cruise turbulence but I usually feel relaxed from the moment we start to descent.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3806 times:
AF CDG-JFK on a 772, I had a severe headache on our approach to JFK and I thought that my plumbings were about to explode. Don't know about other passengers but my girlfriend had the same feeling, needless to say that we were really happy to be on the floor !
LAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7556 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3798 times:
I have two. One was AA 49 CDG-DFW. The plane was delayed 2 hours due to mechanical issues. Upon takeoff the pilot told us that due we were going to try and make up time by taking a short cut through some turbulent air. He said the turbulence would last for about 20 minutes. Well it did last that long, but it was the absolute worst. People were screaming, crying, and moaning. The pilot came on after it was over and said he was sorry and that he had no idea it was going to be that bad. He also said that in 28 years of flying it was the worst he had ever been in. What made it worse was that I was visiting Paris with a friend of mine from Houston. He flew CO 11 back to IAH on the same day about 30 min before me. He said it was the smoothest flight he had ever been on. I would have given the extra hour or two to avoid that ride. Even after the bad turbulence it was a bit rocky for the hour afterward.
The second was a DL flight from LAX-ATL. We didnt hit really bad turbulence, but from take off to touch down it was light chop the whole way! No one got scared, or got sick, but it was just plain annoying. Midway through the flight I looked at my seat mate and was like "This is the first time Turbulence has every pissed me off". It was quite a pain in the ass.
N776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3786 times:
I have two that I hated in different ways.
1. US Airways Express Beech 1900 AHN-CLT though thunderstorms all the way there. That plane was so uncomfortable, especially in the legroom department.
2. Delta 767-300 LGW-ATL 9 hours and 53 minutes from liftoff to touchdown, not even counting the 30-some minutes waiting to take off from Gatwick. The movies weren't any good, and I was so bored. That was about the only time I was glad to step off the plane
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RedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4316 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3776 times:
CO flight EWR - ORD in July, 2005. Pushed back from the EWR gate an hour late to begin with. Sat on the tarmac for over an hour because VP Cheney's plane was departing EWR and all traffic at the airport was halted while he was on airport property. Finally departed EWR over 2 1/2 hours late. Arrived over ORD and circled for an hour because of weather. Diverted to DTW to refuel. After landing waited an hour for gate space. After pulling up to the gate had to wait for refueling truck. Refueling truck broke down and had to wait for another refueler. (Not even sure we were at a gate, but definitely were waiting for a refueling truck.) Finally buttoned up and taxi'd out. Had to return because of "a cockpit warning light". Mechs checked out the problem and taxi'd again. Wheels up finally and flew through the worst turbulence of my life (and I fly a lot); apparently the storm over ORD was now passing over DTW. Finally landed in ORD 6 1/2 hours after original arrival time. Even the captain was pissed off at all of the incessant delays. I'm just thankful the crew did not reach their duty limits; otherwise, I'm sure we would have spent the evening in DTW. Not exactly my idea of a tropical paradise.
Oh, and I had the middle seat in coach on the flight. Didn't think it mattered since it was scheduled to be a relatively short flight to begin with.
Dc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3775 times:
JFK-FCO in June '84 PA 110 "Clipper Beacon Light" delayed over 4 hours owing to a mech problem with #3 engine and T-storms. Upon landing at FCO #3 engine went "Boom!" and shot flames out the exhaust during reverse thrust.
David21487 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3772 times:
My worst flight was on the only NW flight I've ever been on. It was from NRT to MNL. The boarding process was horrible. An entire 747 full of passengers standing around waiting to board. When they were ready to board the plane, the gate agent just walked around holding up a sign that said "now boarding rows 21-37." Didn't seem very organized.
I was in a cramped center seat in the center section of the aircraft (I think it was 28F). I was sitting between two people, both of them insisted on hogging both of my armrests. And the guy on my right really burned me up! If you are in an aisle seat or a window seat, show some courtesy and at least let the person stuck in the middle have the armrests! I was stuck sitting there with my arms folded in my lap holding a pillow (what was I going to do with a pillow, seriously) and a blanket in my lap. I was just praying to God that the little girl in front of me didn't recline her seat. She didn't though.
I had to stow my bag 6 rows behind where I was sitting (which made it extremely difficult to deplane after arrival).
There was a movie playing on the old projection screen. It was impossible to watch because peoples heads were in the way of the screen, and also due to the glare of the cabin lights that were on so that dinner could be served. The dinner was not good at all. I found none of it to be eatable (it was real gross).
And then we all got to stand around the little baggage carousel in MNL to get our luggage. Much like the boarding process in NRT, it was just a big annoying cluster f**k.
I had to fly NW back to NRT the next week. That flight went slightly better. My connection was on DL back to ATL. As soon as I stepped on that plane, I felt like I was home already. I was in coach in a bulkhead aisle seat (next to a baby, which made me nervous at first, but it was ok because it was a good baby) where I could stretch my legs, get up any time I wanted. I had my audio controls and little personal TV. I had a choice of food, and it was good food!!
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3564 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3760 times:
My worst flight was when I flew on a X3 on a 73G flight between CGN and RJK. RJK is famous for very strong Bura crosswinds, and I have never experienced such a ride...
Nevertheless we made it there without problems, but I really have respect for the Boeing engineers and mechanics who design and build airplane wings (same respect goes to Douglas, Airbus and the other manufacturers, of course)