Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9081 posts, RR: 34 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4871 times:
I was on a DL express flight, BDL-MCO in '97. It was my second time in a plane and from IIRC, SC or so we hit a ban of really bad T-storms, and on finals to MCO we got struck by lightning and the whole cabin lost power till wer were on the ground and smelt like smoke, F/A said we may have sizzled something in the tail. Needless to say, a nine year old me diddnt like the sound of that.... I just wanted to go to the magic kingdom, LOL. In retrospect it wasent bad, Plus it was on the good ol 737-200.
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
LouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4841 times:
Not really all that scary, but when I was young kid, on a flight from AMS to ACC, a bird got chewed up by an engine and the captain decided to divert and land to make sure everything was ok. I think it was Abuja that we went to. Thats been my scariest so far.
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
Nothing really "scary" yet...maybe it's because most of my first flights were on the Fairchild Metroliner III, where there wasn't much in the way of passenger comforts...and it could be bumpy.
Most annoying was the next to me pax who clearly had never been on anything smaller than a 737 on a CR2 flight from DTW-CVG who started screaming "we're all going to die on this tiny plane" at the first sign of turbulance.
Most nerve-wracking was the CO flight on Christmas Day ... "[ding!]Ladies and gentlemen, at this time we need to ask that any licensed medical professionals that are on board, please ring your flight attendant call button. Again, any licenced medical professional, such as a MD, EMT, or RN, ...." followed by lots FAs of running up and down the asile for the rest of the flight.
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BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4666 times:
1. Hard bank low to the ground to avoid a small building in a HST-550 after losing power to the engine. Looking out the window you could see the tip tank only a few feet off the ground. This was followed a few moments later by going through a large aerial telephone cable and breaking it and then a crash. You'd think the crash would be the scariest part, may be true, but I really don't remember it.
2. Hanging on to the strut of a 182 with my foot on the axle of the right main gear while a student and instructor climbed out. The pilot was a newbie to flying jumpers and didn't watch his airspeed (if you try to maintain altitude this can be a real problem with the added drag of three bodies on the outside of the plane). He stalled the plane so horribly that I almost got acquainted with the bottom of the wing. btw, this is literal to the thread topic as I was literally on the aircraft rather than in it!
3. I was in the last group out of a Skyvan behind a much larger group(16-18) who spent too much on the tailgate while getting out. This caused a bit of a stall and some violent porpoising. I bounced off the top and bottom of the cabin several times; predictably this is the only time I ever forgot to wear a helmet on a jump and I ended up with a few scrapes and bruises to remind me how stupid this was.
4. Spotting a 182(i.e. my head is out the door checking where we are relative to the landing area given the effects of wind) when a ANG RF-4 crossed our path much to close for comfort at our altitude and at about a 90 degree angle. Very rough ride.
5. Again spotting, this time with a Twin Bo. I was the last tandem parachute pair out of the aircraft and after 3-4 previous pairs wanted to make sure that we weren't too far away from the airport. I stuck my head out, looked down and saw the previous pair miss a 210 by less than 50 ft that was overtaking us from behind only 10-20 degrees off our course. This idiot had clearly either not checked or chosen to ignore the NOTAM for parachute operations that had been filed for this airport! If you see the little parachute symbol on the sectional you really should at the very least listen to UNICOM as you pass by. Hot tip, if you're flying below the reported drop altitude upwind of the airport and hear a one or two minute call you should make your presence known by radio! The jumpers will gladly go around and make another pass.
6. The time a crazy friend of mine made me land his Taylorcraft in a relatively strong cross wind. I was certain I'd ground loop the bastard but it turned out OK.
7. When I was a kid, a short flight in a Baron which had the luggage stowed improperly and was pretty severely out of CG limits. It was pretty clear the pilot knew he'd screwed up and very tense until we were on the ground.
You'd think after all this crap I'd hate being around planes but I guess I'm just a bit crazy and really love them.
For a little more fun, here's an excerpt from a web page written by a late friend of mine:
HERE'S THE ONES I AND OLD: Guangzhou - Baiyun (CAN / ZGGG) (closed), China">CAN REMEMBER, THOUGH I'M SURE I'M
LEAVING A LOT OUT :
1983 to 1994 -- 21 DECLARED EMERGENCIES AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN MILITARY JETS
(NEVER HAVE HAD TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN A NORTHWEST BIRD)
THESE INCLUDED 4 ENGINE FAILURES, ONE OF WHICH WAS OVER 1000
MILES FROM THE NEAREST PIECE OF LAND WAY OUT OVER THE POND
AND COMBINED WITH A SERIOUS FUEL LEAK AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN ONE OF MY EXTENDED
RANGE TANKS, IT ALSO INCLUDES 4 ENGINE FIRES ONE OF WHICH
I WAS UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH BY FIRING BOTH FIRE BOTTLES OFF.
ONE OF THE OTHER FIRES WAS RIGHT AFTER TAKING OFF AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN A BAD
SANDSTORM WITH 35 KNOT WINDS AND VISIBILITY AT 1/2 MILE (MADE
FOR A SPORTY EMERGENCY RETURN AFTER I SHUT IT DOWN AND FIRED
THE BOTTLE). MOST OF THE OTHER EMERGENCIES INCLUDED
HYDRAULIC FAILURES, ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, AND FLIGHT CONTROL
MALFUNCTIONS (ONE OF THEM WAS A MULTIPLE - WHICH ISN'T
GOOD.) THE MOST EXCITING ONE WAS DURING THE WAR WHEN I
LANDED A BIRD HEAVILY LOADED WITH AMMO WITH NO BRAKES OR
SPOILERS (JUST REVERSERS) BECAUSE WE HAD LOST 2 of 3
HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS, HAD A MAJOR ELECTRICAL FIRE (AND ALL THE
PROBLEMS THAT GO WITH THAT)I THICK SMOKE AND MISTING
HYDRAULIC FLUID (WHICH IS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE - PLEASE NOTE
ELECTRICAL FIRE MENTIONED ABOVE) AND AN UNSAFE GEAR
INDICATION ON THE LEFT MAAT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN). GOT A NICE MEDAL FOR THAT
Duff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4638 times:
My first flight into DCA on a TW Dash 7... Had to do the "miss the White House" swerve, and then just about crash into the water to actually land on the runway. Never having done that before, I was scared stiff , until I found out that it was a "routine" DCA landing...
Nycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4619 times:
MCI-LGA on an AA MD80 in april or may of 2002. I was asleep for most of the flight but was woken up by some turbulance as we were getting close to LGA. The turbulance subsided for a few moments then all of a sudden we hit the heaviest turbulance I have ever experienced. The plane was bouncing like crazy and the pilots made a hard left turn then descended very rapidly to a point where it felt like we were in a dive while still in the left bank. Everyone on board was screaming and my heart was pounding like crazy. We had a missed approach and went around and made a very heavy landing when we did finally come in. When we were taxiing back the pilot said "I want to appologize for the rough landing, sometimes we hit unexpected turbulance that is beyond our control and when the runway is wet like this we are supposed to make a firm landing. But actually you should see some of the other guys coming in now, their landings are real bad."
Goodmanr From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4619 times:
In 1995, I flew LHR-EDI, can't remember the airline, hydraulic problem of some sort caused flaps to fail and start smoking, full emergency, landed in Glasgow and evacuated aircraft. Very very scary, I remember to this day exactly what happened.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4541 times:
Last summer, I flew SAN-PHX-MSP on America West. The SAN-PHX portion was just fine - smooth, comfortable, piece o' cake.
The PHX-MSP flight was delayed for 15 minutes because some nut had stolen a Dodge Ram pick-up truck from a convenience store - with the keys in it - and was chased onto the grounds of Sky Harbor airport. We found this out afterwards. It should have been a sign.
The flight was routine, until we approached MSP. On the approach, I could see out the window that we were getting closer. Then the plane started to crab a bit from the cross-winds.
And the lower we got, the more the "crabbing" increased. "Well, certainly we're going to do a go-around" I thought...until I could see we were easily lower than 600 feet - and committed.
The left landing gear hit the ground first. We bounced up. Then we swung to the right. Then the right landing gear hit. Then we bounced up again. Then left, then right, and all the while swinging wildly. I truly thought we were going to rip the landing gear off and slide on the ground, break apart, and be scattered all over the grounds. Somehow, all the tires got placed firmly on the ground, and shuddering to a stop, we made it. Everyone, including me, was as white as a ghost.
I remembered thinking, "Okay, Scott, you're three rows in front of the rear exit of the plane. If you survive the landing, stand up, go back three rows, and evacuate the plane, and run like hell!!" By the time I was through thinking that, it was over.
The pilot came on and said, "yes, ladies and gentlemen, we will be filling out paperwork for the next few hours on that landing. We are sorry we scared you, but we're here safe and sound." They were both out saying good-bye to the passengers.
For a couple of moments, I really and truly thought, "this is it - I'm going to be in a plane crash!!" God willing, that's as close as ANYONE ever gets.
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F9fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 689 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4527 times:
I was flying IAD to (old) DEN on a CO flight, and tried to land after a thunderstorm. First tried to land from the north, then changed to land from the east. It was like riding a roller coaster on the way down, and the pilot wound up executing a missed approach, flew around, and landed from the south. Several people, myself included, gave the pilot a round of applause after we touched down.
Oroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 787 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4476 times:
Back when I was an air cadet, I was heading out to Alberta for a course up in Cold Lake and when we were pushing back from the gate the plane lost power and we sat there in the dark, lights beaming in from the tarmack, for 30 mins in the very spot we came to a stop. Power came back on, the capt let us know the problem was fixed and we continued to YOL, our confidence in the aircraft a bit weakened (I think it was C-FRYL 757 on lease from Canada 3000). Can you imagine a chartered 757 full of aircadets on a buggy plane
DL787932ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 597 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4427 times:
My earliest "scary" memory was practicing spins in a glider, age 6-14. Haven't been in a glider since but that big canopy just fills up with the ground. Bah.
Scariest was probably also in a glider. Short final, maybe 200' AGL, and suddenly a mass of canopies descends in front of and around us. Apparently the local skydiving operation decided the arrival end of the grass runway was just fine as a drop zone. They used a King Air so there were a good 10 or 20 skydivers. Never much cared for groups who jump out of working airplanes after that.
As PIC, probably the scariest was when I was flying to an airport about an hour north of where I was training to take my private practical test. Cloud bases were about 3000' when I left, but weather was rolling in and by the time I was getting close to my destination they were starting to scrape 2000', with storms approaching from the west. I was where I should be and had plenty of fuel, but I couldn't see the airport, and I was too low for radar coverage. I finally figured out it was hiding on the other side of a nearby hill and landed. By the time I walked into the FBO, it was pouring rain and visibility was below VFR. Fortunately, it cleared up by the time I finished the oral so I took (and passed) the test.
Never had a legitimate scare on a commercial flight, although I don't like not being able to see what's going on up front.
Ilovenz From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 149 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4399 times:
The most recent scariest moment I had was on UA DEN - ORD on a 777. had been directed over southern WI to intercept an approach to ORD. The captain, a real calm+cool+collected guy, comes on: "Flight attendants please be seated for the remainder of the flight." A few minutes later: "Folks, we've asked the flight attendants to be seated for the remainder of the flight as other aircraft in the area have reported a pretty bumpy ride into Chicago, so we're gonna go ahead and have the flight attendants stay seated for their safety. Thank you." I watched on the PTV as the aircraft approached 12,000 ft. At around 12,000 - 10,000 ft., I started to feel that gentle shuddering turbulence. Ok, it'll come on slowly. BAM! WHAM! The airplane seems to go in about 5 different directions at once. It was the first time I've ever seen overhead bins open in flight because of turbulence. It seemed to take forever for the aircraft to descend until finally the turbulence subsided and we had a smooth landing in ORD.
As much as I love commercial flight, I've become much more nervous recently, especially after reading the stories posted here. It's hard for me to face the fact that my life (and avoiding a long, horrifying plunge) depends on the structural integrity of a machine that was built to be as light as possible. I don't know how much force any one part of the plane endures during the worst turbulence, and I don't know how close that is to the structural limit. Because of that, I get concerned.
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4340 times:
Probably when my instructor and I had to return to BFI after a faulty mag. Everything turned out ok. Also, after taking off around Christmas, we got hit with the backwash of a 741 on the cargo ramp at BFI. Hardest bump I have ever has in an airplane.
NEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 680 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4241 times:
Last year on an Easy Jet take off from Luton we had extremely strong cross winds, probably approaching operational limits, at about 90 degrees to the runway. I unfortunately was getting the 'fishtailing' at the rear as we accelerated down the runway and the pilot was seemingly fighting to correct drift. Was glad to get airborne.
On another occasion this time on finals into Sanford, Florida, again cross winds were so severe the aircrafts attitude of right yaw was so far, I was looking directly at the runway from my seat in the left hand side of the cabin as we came into land. We had been warned during the flight by the Captain that cross winds were being reported at approaching 40 knotts if i remember correctly, and if they were to worsen we may have to divert.
Situations like this impress me most of a Pilots qualities, mainly because they probably go through 100's of standard landings and take offs and then have to perform in an adrenalin filled situation that occurs less frequently almost as if it was a regularly practiced situation. You usually dont get a second chance if you get it wrong... Hats off to em all.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
Dogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4241 times:
Hey, not a really scary moment for us but as word spread ont he ground they were getting worried.
A few years back, i was flying back from a holdiay in Crete. We were on a JMC B752 and upon approaching Scotland the weather got pretty bad. There was bad fog in EDI and a tonne of flights were diverted to GLA from EDI and when we were on approach a BA flight "took our landing slot" (quote from captain) so we had go 20 miles out of the airport and come back in for another approach.
Upon the second approach we got hit by lightning, just forward of the R1 Cargo Door. We landed as normal, and when we got back into the terminal a lot of people were worried because someone told them that a flight had been hit by lightning. (One of the pilots must've radioed it in and someone told people in the terminal after hearing it on their Scanner)
Azza40 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1052 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4209 times:
mine simply has to be the landing on azzura air A320 after flying manchester to faro. we were sitting on the front row, because of my little brother, and when we landed, loads of stuff from the cabin crew's little place (whatever they call it) flew straight at us. my little bro was crying his eyes out, my mum and dad had sore heads, and me, i had leftover food on my head. the cabin crew didnt do much to help wither, didnt offer to take it all off us, or help get us cleaned up, they just said..."hope you've enjoyed your flight".
Afterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1102 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4164 times:
April 1998, on a CN-235 Turboprop, from HLP to TKG. Actually it was just a slightly bumpy flight, I had been in worse situation before, but I was flying home to my hometown, to get married to my longtime girlfriend. I was scared because I didn't want to die before I got married and left my girlfriend alone.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5 Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4153 times:
Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 14): Scariest was probably also in a glider. Short final, maybe 200' AGL, and suddenly a mass of canopies descends in front of and around us. Apparently the local skydiving operation decided the arrival end of the grass runway was just fine as a drop zone. They used a King Air so there were a good 10 or 20 skydivers. Never much cared for groups who jump out of working airplanes after that.
Were you monitoring UNICOM/CTAF? Any reputable skydiving operation trains their pilots to announce anything that could be of remote interest to other a/c operating in the area, i.e. time to drop, jumpers away(including location), parachutes open(again including location), jumpers landing in unusual location due to poor spot, changing wind conditions, etc.
Do remember that a parachute is for the purposes of figuring right of way categorized as a glider; one with a very atrocious l/d ratio compared to you. Also, it's very likely that they were able to see you from above and were watching you to make sure that there would not be trouble.
Jetflyer From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4140 times:
Scariest experience for me was a flying lesson driving a Cessna 152 where I nearly crashed. I have a phobia of light aircraft and can't fly them at all and I fell to pieces not to mention was really motion sick in the plane, we were supposed to be IFR but lots of clouds were around, I was terrified and the instructor yelled at me and got really impatient. I thought I wanted to die. It was awful and the insructor handed me a plastic bag and I sat there like a jibbering wreck in this plane while he flew it back to the airport.
Then approaching the runway there was some hideous windshear enough to even sound the stall horn and I nearly puked but managed not too.
Even though I have normal intelligence and want to be a pilot one day I can't fly cessnas or light aircraft at all, mainly for psycological reasons. I perfectly flew a British Airways 737-300 simulator before hand however, mainly thanks to my 1500 hour on FS2004 and I knew what everything was in the cockpit and the basic speeds and handling information for a 737. The FO who helped me out said my performance on that was amazing. But in actual flying lessons I am terrible, you'd think I was dyspraxic.
I really want to become an airline pilot one day but unless I can overcome my fear of small planes I doubt it will happen easily.
[Edited 2006-04-24 19:27:52]
25 Fbgdavidson: NOTAMs? Speaking of which some people at a nearby airfield to where my father shoots seem to ignore them For some reason the clay pigeon shooting clu
26 FantasticFlyer: For me I would have to say last year, we left in a storm (no thunder or lightning) but very heavy rain. As an experienced flyer I antisipated lots of
27 BHMBAGLOCK: The NOTAM is to let you know that skydiving operations(or fill in the blank with your diversion of choice) take place at the given location. A smart
28 ANCFlyer: Emergency landing in IAH on a COX ATR eight years, maybe ten years, ago. No hydraulics. Had an aborted Take off in a DL DC9 long time back. Flew under
29 UAalltheway: Though I really didn't think of it as all that scary on the moment (I have no clue why), last Thanksgiving, US Airways flight from CLT-MCI. Small cock
30 DL787932ER: Yes, we had portable aviation-band radios in the gliders, and NOTAMs weren't an issue as everyone in the glider club was well aware that there was a
31 PureKiwi: My scariest moment would probably be when I got on the plane which I thought was full and had to sit next a PAX who stunk of cigarettes and alcahol, l
32 AlexPorter: I haven't flown through any terrible turbulence yet, so my scariest moment is something that happens routinely! On my second CRJ flight, I was seated
33 TimePilot: In a CRJ this January, BOS > JFK. About 20 minutes before landing we hit vortex turbulence. The plane banked very quickly to the left, then the right,
34 BHMBAGLOCK: Fair enough. It sounds like your local jump pilots are not particularly well trained. During descent a good pilot will eyeball the jumper's open cano
35 RyGuy: AC 431 YUL-YYZ November 13, 2005 2308h On Approach runway 24L extreme cross winds, plane flip flopped everywhere.... not much to say about it.. just s
36 Haggis596: 1. A TWA flight to JFK from LIS as a teenager (in the late 80's), with my parents. About 20 minutes into the flight, The FA announced there was an una
37 IDISA: I remember two episodes, both on AZ, both on MXP-LHR routing and both while I was on jumpseat 1.Back in 2003, I was flying MXP-LHR to meet a friend of
38 ZSOFN: Sitting in the right hand seat in a PC-12 approaching DUR from the north with a thunderstorm rolling in from the west, pushing us further and further
39 ManuCH: Not really scary, only somewhat ... it was when I was piloting a Piper Archer. By approaching my home airport, LUG, I was on crosswind about to enter