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Scariest Moment On The Plane?  
User currently offlineEndofdays From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6556 times:

Hi everybody!

Do you have any scariest moment on the plane, I do!
last year, I was traveling from NRT-JFK on a NW 747-200, when the plane startup the engine 4, I saw a big fireball coming out from a the engine!  of course, that fireball kept us on ground for 3 hours!

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Merry Christmas everyone!

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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

Well, I didn't have a fireball but... On 26 September 2000, I was on AA2738, OAK-LAX. We were on final approach to LAX 24R (I could see the South Complex) when we entered heavy fog. I couldn't see anything, including the runway! Suddenly, before I could say anything, we hit the runway...hard! It was by far, the roughest landing I've ever experienced. I could barely see the runway on touchdown...and I'm sure the pilots experienced the same thing. As we were taxiing off the runway, the pilot made an announcement, an apology for the rough landing.

User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5953 times:

Mine wasnt that scary. I just thought my head was going to pop open. We were descending into SJC and i had a cold, which just clogged my nose. So gradually the pressure inside my head built up, and by the tim ewe got to 5000 feet i was nearly crying (and I am 15, and almost never cry). It was just plain torture. The left side of my face swelled with blood which was under high pressure. the left side of my mouth felt like shit. All of my teeth on the left side of my mouth felt like they were being pulled on, continusly for about 20 minutes. In teh end, 3 of my teeth were beedign until the second when we touched down when the pressure was the same as the ground and it started going away. Although i still have no feeling in those three teeth. It was scary. All i could think about was getting out of this long metal cage in the air. This was on my favorite jet- the Airbus A319. on the way back nothing like this happened although it was also an A319.

Chicago Illinois

life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineEndofdays From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5884 times:

My god! TWA902fly, I think you should take care yourself, by the way, I do got cold everytime when I travel on a plane, don't know why! 


User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5856 times:

I was on a DA-50 test ride and a bird nailed our right wing on approach into PHL.
Another time the gear in a seneca wouldnt retract, and the circuit breaker kept popping...all gear lights went out so i pumped the gear for like 20mins because we werent sure if the gear was locked down...luckily it was.

Indianapolis, IN
User currently offlineDelta717 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 457 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5826 times:

When I'm on a plane I also come off with a cold. It happens usually when someone comes onboard with a cold, sneezes or coughs and the air conditionaer usually circualtes it around.

OK to the scary part:
I was on an America West flight JFK-PHX in August. I live in NY and didn't know that the monsoon months were there. At that time, there is some weather phenomenon going on everyday. So my plane just happened to catch a small microburst. After flying over severe thunderstorms we broke the clouds and decended into Phoenix. All of the sudden, the A319 started basically swaying and turning into PHX at the same time. I myself was calm outside even though It scared the s**t outta me on the inside and I started brace positions even though it wasn't necsessary. Finally we landed and taxied to T4.

The next was on a Tower Air 747-100 JFK-MIA. The whole flight was a disaster. It was 1995. We boarded the plane after a 2 1/2 hour delay due to problems with the other 747 they had waiting for us. We took off and as soon as we lifted off, they did a right turn. The service was incredibly terrible. As I was #3 on line for the lavatory, the captain did a really steep left turn without turning on the seatbelt sign. I slammed against the bulkhead and banged my head. I was 9 years old and cursing on and on. The captain later apoligized saying that he wanted to avoid the weather (Of course it was clear the whole time). We landed in Miami and may I add that it was the HARDEST landing I've experienced in my life. By then I was soooooo tired and it was in fact 2:30AM I fell asleep in the rental car.

User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1763 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5797 times:

arriving in LGA on a Delta 738 on expressway visual to runway 31...wasn't really scary at all..quite fun...but unusual to see seagulls flying alongside (althought slower than the 738!) and above you...  i love that turn onto finals around shea stadium! the landing was hard though...very hard...we dropped the last 10ft/3m down to the runway.

another scary moment was departing SEA in august '99. took off from 34R in a UAL 777 bound for ORD...climbing out (and i assume over BFI) a COA 737 flew just a few hundred feet above and directly over us...just a scary moment, as we were still climbing and the 737 was maintaining altitude...not sure if that would've set of the TCAS in the cockpit or not..

my scary moments in the air...luckily there haven't been that much of them...there should be another post about "magnificent experiences in the air"..i could have a few more to post on that topic.. 


"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

Taking a piss while in turbulence! on a LOT 767-300ER flight from ORD-WAW!

User currently offlineTayas From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5711 times:

Just remember the pictures and videos of AF4590...

User currently offlineGanymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5674 times:

My scariest flight-exp.wasn't perhaps that spectacular but -WOW!! - whatta knock of adrenaline I got when landing in MIA arriving from Lon/Heathrow that 11th of May back in 1993 !!!I was on a trip to Florida together with my brother and a pal.The BA 747-136 hit the runway pretty hard when touch-down nearly the same way fighters do when landing on a/c carriers .Even the Oxygen masks came down on some places due to the shock and that's where I got the most frightened .

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5644 times:

I wouldn't consider mine that scary, but you should of heard the people scream when we landed. It was an AA 738, and that landed packed a punch. We must have dropped right out of the sky onto the runway. Anyways, people screamed and we bounced a couple times, but it wasn't extremely bad. It's kind of funny to think that my smoothest landing was on a DL L1011.

User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2806 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5616 times:

Well, Mine doesn't sound as scary... But it could have been a disaster.

One evening in late 1997, while flying on AA DC-10, HNL-LAX. Approaching the runway at LAX, well over the threshhold and with about 6-12 seconds to touch down (I swear we were so close to the ground) when our DC-10's engines started roaring at max. power and our plane quickly regained altitude and took off over the pacific ocean.

It turns out that a plane started crossing our passway right as our DC-10's wheels were getting ready to touch the ground. This happened while it was already dark and luckily our pilot saw and realised that the plane wouldn't move out of the way fast enough by the time we reached that point - so he quick thinkingly decided to abort the landing and go around.

Can you imagine what would have happened if our pilot wouldn't have acted that quickly? I probably wouldn't be here telling you this story. For that and other reasons I don't take life for granted and try to be a good citizen as well as appreciating life as much as possible and staying away from negative energy. Because one day you're here and another day you may not...

American Airlines does a good job in training their pilots. I must say!

Best regards,
Apollo Diaz

User currently offlineVictor Hotel From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5613 times:

Probably the scariest thing that happened to me, its not much, I cant rememeber which trip It was, but it was either a BA 744 or an Ansett A320. I was only young, and didnt know anything about planes then, and got the fright of my life when the spoliers on the wing suddenly popped up, shortly after landing.

User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5572 times:

It was spring '95 or '96 when our flight from Denver encountered huge thunderstorms around DFW(Dallas is known for it's unpredictable and dangerous spring weather) and we had to circle Witchita Falls for about an hour and our plane was running out of fuel and then our pilot makes a dangerous nose wheel landing at DFW. We then had to wait for about 30 minutes on the the taxiway because we couldn't taxi, the plus is that I got in a visit to the cockpit! If it weren't for that, we would have made an emergency landing in Whichita Falls TX(if they are capable of handling an MD-80...) It was scary at the time and I remember looking out the window at grey and black clouds covering the area for miles and miles and miles, I was freaked. But, I am here and alive today, and I got in a visit to the cockpit too!
I will second that Latinplane, AA does an extremely good job at training it's pilots. I will always know AA for their incredible pilots(not to mention everything else about the airline is incredible)

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5542 times:

TWA902fly, I had the exact experience a few years ago on (I think) a Delta flight from SLC-SEA. It was the worst 20 minutes of my life.

User currently offlinePshifrin From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

PBI to LGA on a TWA L1011, it was the early '90s. We hit so hard that parts of the ceiling fell down.

User currently offlineJack63 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5469 times:

I was taking off from Dusseldorf a few years ago in a BA 737, en route to Manchester. We accelerated down the runway and had rotated. Just before we left the ground there was a loud bang, the port engine tone deepened and an unpleasant burning smell filled the cabin. I was opposite a flight attendant and can remember how he was studying his fingernails very intently. The aircraft climbed away and continued in a completely straight line until, after a while, the engines were throttled so far back you could only hear the air whistling past the fuselage and the plane went into a long banking turn. The intercom came on 'senior member of cabin crew to the flight deck please' - and shortly after the captain explained that a bird went into the engine. We landed on a seldom used runway (I could see families at barbecue staring up in astonishement), and were chased by fire engines the whole way until the plane stopped rolling. When we got off we could see several of the turbine blades bent way out of shape - apparently it was a heron we hit.

The crew were very professional the whole time. Poor marks to BA for their treatment of us afterwards, though. We were kept on the plane at the gate for more than 2 hours, so long that we had no chance to warn the people meeting us at the airport that we would be late. When we finally got let off, they were very reluctant to let us use a phone. I know the disruption wasn't their fault, but neither was it ours and they seemed to make it as difficult for us as possible.

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (15 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5468 times:

I have had quite a few scary experiences (I get scared very easily in planes yet I love them so). Turbulence scares the living daylights out of me if it is really bad, over christmas break I was flying JAX-IAH on a Continental 737-300, well when they were just starting breakfast service we hit some bad turbulence, a couple of people spilled their drinks and the f/a handling the first class cabin came and picked up the trays he had already given out. The turbulence started making me sick after about 10 minutes and then it was over a few minutes later and meal service resumed as normal. The second scariest thing was when I was flying SFO-IAH about a week later on a Continental DC-10-30, well we were flying through alot of clouds and alot of turbulence on approach so I was alittle on edge, then all of a sudden the plane just started dropping and the engines spooled up and gave quite a push (not like takeoff, it felt much more powerful), the whole time I was thinking of the DL L1011 that crashed in DFW. But it all turned out ok.

User currently offlineRonE From Israel, joined Jan 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (15 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5465 times:

Fortunately, most flights I've been on have been mundane and routine in the spooky department yet there are two incidents which stick in my mind:

1. Australian Airlines 737-300 from Sydney to Hobart way back in 1990. Shortly after take-off the engines started making this strange humming noise and the pilot announced that there is a mechanical failure in the flaps so we headed back down to SYD, and half an hour later we were on our way again with a replacement aircraft. I have to admit, the delay was not too bad at all and I got two take offs and landings for the price of one.

2. Garuda Indonesia Airbus A300-600 from Medan to Jakarta in 1997. We were approaching Jakarta after a two and a half hour flight, and just as we were about to touch down, the pilot pulled back up again, made a turn around and in his second attempt got it right. While nothing happened to us, I had a pretty uneasy feeling about that experience, and it seems there was good cause for concern. Just two months later, the exact same flight crashed somewhere in the jungles of Sumatra... funny ole life ain't it?

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (15 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5458 times:

I have not had any extremely frightening moments in the air, probably my most uneasy moment was in 1998 when I was on approach to LHR from ORD on an AA Md11. We had been circling London for what seemed like an eternity, when all of a sudden we banked a little bit and out of my window I saw a British Midland 737 come within 1500 feet of our aircraft. It was at a 40-degree angle upwards and about the same for the wings (!), so it was probably taking evasive action to avoid us. I remember hearing a few people saying: "Now that was TOO close."!!!

Aaron G.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (15 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5444 times:

I would say it would have to be a return from FLL to PHL on a US 734 EOW in complete overcast, PHL was completely socked in, and I no idea when we were going to land when suddenly: BAM! We landed-Scared the heck outta me.

In terms of "stupid scary", we made a hard landing into PHL and the forward lavatory door opened and slammed into the cockpit doors, made a really loud sound, it was surprising, and woke up most of the plane (I think it was a 12:00 AM landing)


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User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (15 years 4 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5434 times:

Probably what TWA902fly had experienced. But I had the pleasure of having to deal with a cold and flying all the way from Wichita, Kansas to Okinawa, Japan!!!
Also, on that same trip, I flew from Okinawa to Miyakojima and we had some really bad turbulence. It felt like we were being tossed around for thirty minutes.


Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
User currently offlineGeebs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (15 years 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

When I was lil around 2 years old my family took a trip to FLL.We were on a NW B757 and we encountered severe turbulance..and it turns out we were flying into hurricane Keith and the funny thing is my dads name is Keith hehe

* Kevin

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5388 times:

A very abrupt aborted take-off on Air Canada #929 FLL-YUL (A320-211) a few years back. Turns out the cargo pallets were not secured and the acceleration of the aircraft caused a weight imbalance. We would probably have pitched up and stalled if the pilot contiued with the take-off.

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User currently offlinePlatinum From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5392 times:

My 3 scariest moments are:

1. Qantas 747SP attempting to land at Wellington airport in New Zealand 1979. This was the innaugral Qantas 747SP flight. There was very bad weather and low visibility. It was about midnight. The pilot made three aborted attempts to land before deciding to fly to Auckland to stay for the night. The next day we flew down and the landing was perfect, although short given the very short lenght of the runway (I belive the biggest they operate into Wellington now is 763).

2. Again Qantas 747SP departing Wellington 1982. Very bad and overcast day. Flight had already been delayed 3 hours due to engine or airconditioning troubles (I cannot recall which now). Anyway, we lined up at the end of the runway and proceeded to take off. As soon as we took off we hit turbulence with the plane dropping badly. I thought we were going to end up in Wellington Harbour which starts right after the runway finishes. We had the worst turbulence I have ever experienced for about 15 minutes before we broke through the clouds. Everyone on the flight was scared with a couple of people sick.

3. This is not scary but peculiar. Ansett A320 from Sydney to Perth last year. We took off and throttled slightly back as planes do departing Sydney due to noise restrictions. However, after a while the pilot throttled completely back so that all you could hear was the wind passing the plane. The plane levelled out and felt as if it was descending. There were concerned looks around the cabin as well as the flight attendants. After about 5 minutes we throttled back up again. This was strange - could it be that another aircraft had encroached on our flight plan?

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28 BA747-436 : Mine was when me and my folks were on a trip back from KLAX-EGLL on a BAA 747-436 (British Asia Airways - Sub of BA) and we were on our climb out of L
29 Post contains images Luxair : My scariest moment in an AC was in December 94. Collegues and I chartered together a B757-200 from Air Holland for a flight from Amsterdam to Munich a
30 Flr-ita : Not so scary, but the night before to board on a TWA from LAX to JFK, I dream about a disaster, because at the last moment they would change aircraft.
31 Pendrilsaint : Mine happened in atlanta...I was on a 767-200. Well the aircraft was next on the taxi way to take off ...most likely holding short. The pilot powered
32 Csavel : National Airlines "Sun King" DC-10s late 70s MIA to JFK. This was about a year after the American disaster in Chicago so it was still in everyone's mi
33 Post contains images AeroGlobeAir7 : I haven't had any really scary moments in the air yet (being 14, and having flown more than most everyone I know, it kind of surprises me), but my par
34 J-bird : Interesting to read other's experiences, I would have thought there'd be more hair-raising stories. I suppose that's a testament to the reliability an
35 CoAir@IAH : I was on a Continental 737-500 from IAH to MKE, and at the time we were just to the southwest of Chicago. We were about to be diverted to CLE as there
36 Corocks : About a year ago I was bound for EWR from IAH on a Continental 757. Just as we were about to take off the pilot slammed on the breaks hard enought tha
37 Ybacpa : Two years ago I was on a Continental flight from MIA to EWR. Our approach to EWR was rather bumpy, but being a frequent flier it didn't even faze me a
38 GunFighter 6 : Very kewl to hear all these experiences. mine isn;t that scary but it sure demonstrates the skills of today's pilots. we where inbound for DFW in a AA
39 Na : Nothing spectacular, but somehow not encouraging to fly were the following events to me: 1. In the early 90s we were sitting in a ATA L-1011 Tristar t
40 Post contains images Pilotdude09 : Ive had excellent commerical flights, except for one landing in sydney from chch thunderstorm and 44 degrees made for a twisting turbulant flight, all
41 Travelplus : I wouldn' t really call it scarry because I was prepared for it. I was onboard an AA 757 in seat 1A from SJC-JFK. Instead of doing the normal arrival
42 Widget1580 : About the colds, i've experienced that too. Landing in Chicago, absolutely horrible I know the pain! But I read somewhere in a book that it has someth
43 Catatonic : Mine was on a 763 AA flight from ORD-MAN. It was dark and ORD is such a busy airport, one of the buisiest I had seen at that point. Anyway we were tax
44 OzLAME : I've had three occasions to be worried: 1. When the vintage a/c I was in had engine failure and we crash-landed in a paddock. 2. When I went up on a t
45 HorizonGirl : For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to fly. There was this one time though, in the winter of '99, when I was sure the plane was going t
46 COAMiG29 : SCARIEST TIME ON A PLANE when my dad tried a crosswind landing on a grass strip in his 182 we no longer had a 182. in short we took the avionics and s
47 PMN : I had a similar thing on a flight from Dublin to Leeds-Bradford. When the seat belt signs were turned off I had to let some of that expensive airport
48 AzoresLover : In the decades that I've been flying I've never had anything really scary happen. The closest for me is probably from back in the late 1960's on a TWA
49 FlyMIA : And for everyone else with experiances like this the reason the landings are so hard is because the pilot is not landing the plane when visiblity is
50 IDISA : I've always had smooth flights during the years, nothing really scared happened so far to me. However, about 2 years ago, while flying back to MXP fro
51 BCAL : It might not count but my scariest moment on any plane was in June 1979. The DC10 had been grounded following the withdrawal of its certificate of air
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