LH492 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 208 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 1 hour ago) and read 4711 times:
I know this had been posted before but since new members join daily and a new experience could happen at every flight I would be interested to hear your stories.
For me, the best was on a United 777 while landing in SFO, I only knew we had landed due to the reverse thrust.
The worst was on a Lufthansa 747-400 in LAX, heavy crosswinds caused us to slam on the runway.
NateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years ago) and read 4701 times:
I assume that you mean smooth vs. rough.
I have had a lot of smooth landings, I don't remember any one in particular.
The most frightening landing that I can recall was an MU 737-300 from PEK-LHW. I don't recall any problems on approach. Right when we hit the ground, we swerved hard to the right. Everyone screamed, but the pilot recovered. I still have no idea what happened. It was the only time that I have thought that I might not make it.
In one month, I will be flying SXM-SBH, which should be an interesting landing.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4650 times:
Best landing...any of them where I survive in one piece. So far that's been all of them.
Worst landing...Delta 763ER from CVG to ATL in April of 98 on the day the tornadoes tore through Atlanta. After a long time in a holding pattern NW of ATL the pilot assured us we would make a few turns to avoid some storm cells and land soon. He lied! We never made a single turn until we were in final. The plane was rocking, dropping, creaking, moaning, and doing many other things and sounds I don't believe a plane should do. I would say about 1/2 of the passengers got sick and threw up. Luckily I was not one of them but that plane stunk to high heavens. Whatever the minimum decision height is for ATL is was used by us that day. You couldn't see the runway until the last second and we got hit by a downdraft so we slammed into the runway going very fast and took the whole length to bring that beast to a stop. The passengers gave the pilot a sitting ovation (seat belt sign still on mind you) and then proceeded to give their barf bags to the stewardesses.
"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4641 times:
My worst landing was in CIA with Ryanair. We hit right at the beginning of the runway, and slammed so hard I almost hit my head. Most likely not going to fly FR anymore.
Best landing as a passenger was with C6 in PBI from YUL. I could barely feel us touch down. Same in YUL. This is one reason C6 is one of my favorite airlines. As a pilot, during my stage 1 checkride for the twin, I landed so smooth. I was so proud of myself. Also, third landing on my first solo.
Turnit56N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4584 times:
Best: First time I landed a jet (Legacy). It felt great, and I'm sure that it was due 30% to beginner's luck, 60% to the very good coaching of the captain, 10% to my obviously biased perceptions, and 0% to any natural inborn talent.
Worst: Second time I landed a jet. Enough said.
The universe makes sure you don't stay cocky for long.
Babybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4571 times:
The best was on a BA 737 at Gatwick. I didn't feel it land and the braking was as slow and gradual as car brakes. The captain said it was going to be like that before it happened.
The worst was a BD DC9 to Teesside. There were extremely strong crosswinds and he couldn't hold the wings steady. When we landed it looked like the wing tip was about to slam into the tarmac. Very nasty. In fact the whole flight was scary.