WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69 Posted (7 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 3864 times:
The title tells the story: what is your greatest fear when flying?
I don't mean, if you are afraid of flying or feeling uncomfortable.
For me it is: fire on board of an aircraft! I think I can handle an engine failure without bigger problems, rapid decompression, electric failures, hydraulic, flap failures... Everything is not very nice, but somewhat I am able to handle it...
But fire? No thanks, never ever
LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 6054 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 3857 times:
Fire is a big one, yes.
But crews are now far more aware and proactive than they ever were. Shoot, on the plane I fly, there are at least 20 drills that start with "Initiate diversion to nearest airport". All are smoke, fire or electrical related.
It is also a common practice in the simulator as time is so vital.
While you are correct to respect fire, as aircraft and crews become more fire aware, I think it is more and more unlikely.
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
Yeah, we have the same procedures for fire, smoke etc etc. Land at next suitable airport or land ASAP! but at 030W over the northatlantic with the next airport more than 1.5 hours away it can get pretty nasty... I just have to think about Swissair 111
TrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3763 times:
Excluding a hijacking, I would say an explosive decompression would be my biggest fear, particularly if it were at a low enough altitude where I would not lose consciousness. The TW 800 fuel tank explosion is always one that gives me chills. After that, a long inverted dive ala AS 261 would be painfully dreadful to endure. Having said that, I don't fear flying one bit.
Quoting DABZF (Reply 8):
Quoting Boston92 (Reply 7):
Not to bust your bubble, but it might be easier to hijack a cargo flight than a passenger flight.
... but why would you hijack a cargo plane? I believe people make a bit better hostage than brown cardboard boxes... might be wrong though.
I has happened before or attempted anyway. Are you aware of the FX DC-10 incident in 1994?
DL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3759 times:
Crashing doesn't really scare me that bad, it's the time it takes to fall from 35,000 ft that horrifies me. Just sitting there waiting to dies is horrible, at least with a rapid decompression or explosion you go pretty much instantly.
The other fear of mine is getting sucked out of the aircraft, in whatever would cause that, and falling to your death, at least if you were at a high altitude you would pass out due to lack of oxygen but still...
Highjacking doesn't really bother me, it seems like now after what happened with 9/11 people wouldn't just sit around and wait to see what happens. I know i would like to confront the retards and do whatever i could (a lot easier to say than do).
Tennis69 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 419 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3757 times:
Since the chances are very slim that any of the scenarios mentioned above will ever happen, lets talk about more realistic fears. My greatest fear is that I will be seated next to a pax who weighs in at 100+ Kg, wearing a sleeveless t-shirt, and who hasn't had a bath in a week.
ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3350 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3663 times:
Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 17): to be in a plane with a unprecedented/unknown mechanical failure previously not detected, such as SR 111 or TWA 800.
These two accidents are what triggered my huge fear of flying. I was on N93119, who crashed as TWA800, on her last complete flight, doing ATH-JFK that afternoon. I had also flown GVA-JFK earlier on the day SR111 went down, though the registration was different. I'm not afraid of dying on a plane, or anything else, but what terrifies me is the thought of death's inevitability if something like TWA800 happens. That time from FL200 to FL000 must be the more horrifying thing I could imagine, and that thought it what scares the living **** out of me.
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BAe146QT From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3620 times:
At the risk of being called a macho butthead, I don't fear anything when I fly.
The aircraft has been certified, the manufacturers build to tolerances that make the Apollo craft look like sieves, the engineers are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, the pilots are too and have a vested interest in the safety of the plane, and I am in a metal cylinder hurtling several miles off the ground at a good fraction of the speed of a small-bore rifle bullet.
So if I have put myself in that position in the first place, and have already placed trust in the people responsible for my welfare during the trip, where is the point in being frightened when I'm actually up there? It's a done deal already. Usually, I read a book and pretend that the air isn't getting thin.
As for [strike]the new bogeyman[/strike] terrorists, there once was a time when if you sat in your seat and let them get on with it, you had a good chance of surviving with a story to tell your kids. As most of us know and are sick of hearing, "9/11 changed all that" and I'm sure that most hijackers know this too. So if they're aboard, then someone screwed up and I'm still in a metal cylinder hurtling several miles off the ground at a good fraction of the speed of a small-bore rifle bullet. I can choose to fight and possibly die, or I can choose to sit there and die anyway. I'd fight. But really - what's the likelihood?
N6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3526 times:
Icing scares the crap out of me. The stories I hear from guy that start running freight in Barons and 208's really makes me hope I can get hired by a regional as quick as possible when I get to that stage in my career.
To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a vengeance
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