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User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2206 times:

What's the closest you've ever been (as a pilot or pax) in an accident?

The closest I've been in is during a CO flight from BOS to EWR. We were about to land on a nice, clear day. All of a sudden I heard the engines roar and we were lifting up again as we were already very close to the ground. I was sitting in a window seat and looked down, and saw the tail of the plane ahead of us not having cleared the runway because it got stuck behind another plane that was on the same taxiway, apparently waiting for something. We cleared that without a lot of room -- well, I guess you never clear these things with a lot of room. Way to go ATC!

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

My friend and I missed a tree by about 5 feet one time in a cub. It was awesome.

User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

Was on a GQ flight into BIL. Coming down all I could see was cloud and fog. I got lucky enough to sit in 1C and was listening in on the radio. We kept decending...still coudn't see crap....then JUST before the gear touched down, I saw the runway. Heard the pilot on the rado... "oh...there it is..." That was the ONLY time I've ever been nervous at all on a flight.

User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Landing gear hit a tree really hard as we came down to land in Shannon. The aircraft shook violently and we hit the ground very hard. The weather was bad because of a recent hurricane depression moving over Ireland. I was very nervous.

User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 3):
Landing gear hit a tree really hard as we came down to land in Shannon. The aircraft shook violently and we hit the ground very hard. The weather was bad because of a recent hurricane depression moving over Ireland. I was very nervous.

what plane and airline was it?



LooneyToon
User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Thread starter):
What's the closest you've ever been (as a pilot or pax) in an accident?

The closest I've been in is during a CO flight from BOS to EWR. We were about to land on a nice, clear day. All of a sudden I heard the engines roar and we were lifting up again as we were already very close to the ground. I was sitting in a window seat and looked down, and saw the tail of the plane ahead of us not having cleared the runway because it got stuck behind another plane that was on the same taxiway, apparently waiting for something. We cleared that without a lot of room -- well, I guess you never clear these things with a lot of room. Way to go ATC!

errr........ That would be a go-around. Those are FAR from dangerous and actually fairly common for a frequent flyer.


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Not mine, but my mums.
In the 70's my mum, her parents and sis were meant to get on a plane that suppose to get on from the phillipeans got blown up by a bomb. Had to go early as my aunt was ill and they wanted to get back home fast. Forgot to tell there travel agent who thought they were dead till my gran answered the phone


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

I almost crashed while flying a C-172 in FDO.ATC cleared me to descend below 1000 ft with clouds, heading xxx, while they cleared another ac to ascend via the same vector.I violently turned right, making a 40º angle.We missed him for about 60/70 ft. Hell scary.Then I was so pissed off that Turned around, followed that guy,landed behind him, and got in fight.Then he told me that ATC told him to, so we both went to the control Tower.They wouldnt open the doors.So we filled a complaint.And that was it.

Mike



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3772 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Had an aborted take-off at ORD aboard an A340-313X of SK. After maybe 15 seconds of hurtling down the runway, captain engages thrust reversers and slams the brakes. Apparently we'd been cleared for take-off too soon, just after a 747. Pilot sounded very annoyed when he came on the PA and explained.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1247 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

On arrival into CLT last July, passing about 7,000. We had a US A319 climb out from under us left to right, by about 800ft. I can only assume that they were maintaining the visual sep. As soon as he came out from under us, he continued the climb out and we started our turn to the left. Was pretty sweet to see him pop out from under us and continue the climb.

User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

LooneyToon, it was a Boeing 737 and on Aer Lingus. It was not a mayjor incident but very frightening.

User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 384 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

STL-DTW in 1986.

I was flying a TW D9S to a cousin's wedding and we were delayed at the gate for an hour because of fog. They served breakfast while we waited, at least (but it was biscuits and gravy  vomit  Wink. I wished I had just gone on my own because I was going to take JetAmerica!

After we were given the okay to take off on 12L-30R, we made a turn to the northeast. Somewhere over Alton, the plane made a sudden and violent dive. I thought the masks were going to pop out from overhead, but the didn't. The rest of the flight went off without a hitch, but we were all on edge the rest of the way.

As we landed at DTW, the pilot announced that the in-flight shake-up was due to a private jet which flew in our path close enough for them to read the numbers on the side of it!  Wow!

Needless to say, I bowed down and salamed the floor of DTW. I must've been desperate because the floor of the L.C. Smith Terminal was/is  thumbsdown . Thank goodness they're building a new North Terminal!


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