FinishForty From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3382 times:
My wife and I flew from Moscow's Domodedovo airport to Magadan, about 8 hours in an Ilyushin-62, operated by Domodedovo. About 6 hours into the flight (I think- my sense of time was already out of whack, having just flown JFK to the other Moscow airport) we descended to what I'd estimate to be about 10,000 feet, judging from the proximity of the white ridges we were passing. We flew along like this for about two more hours, which seemed strange to me. Any theories?
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4353 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3308 times:
When did it happen? I thought Domodedovo withdrew all Il-62s already. Do you happen to know the registration number?
Possibly they had pressurizing problems. Maybe you didn't fly on 10.000 but say at 18.000 feet, that can happen as well if the plane is pressurized but the pressurization seals or oxygen isn't certified for flights above say 18 or 21K.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
FinishForty From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3293 times:
This was ten years ago. We've often wondered what the issue was. I've heard the cabin pressure theory before, this seems to make the most sense. We'd been cruising along at much higher altitude before the last couple of hours.
CairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3023 times:
Like what was said above...the plane may have actually been flying higher than you realized despite the long descent. I've been aboard flights on super-clear visibility days where despite flying at 22,000 feet, it looks like you are no more than 8000 above the ground. When it comes to high mountain peaks, they look immense from the air...sort of a depth perception thing. What looks like a few thousand feet may be two miles. As to why your flight changed to a lower altitude...perhaps there was some clear air turbulence higher up or some strong headwinds which the pilot was avoiding.