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User currently offlineAsianguy767 From Singapore, joined Oct 2003, 263 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7992 times:

What's your personal WORST experience of turbulence? Where were u flying over? What time of year was it? What aircraft were you on? How long did it last?

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12323 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7959 times:

Must have been on final at OSL. I was riding jumpseat in a WF Dash 8, and it was shaking so bad they had to slow down way more than usual, and the whole instrument panel was shaking up and down. You could see how it isn't fastened directly to the hull, but with suspension instead. I guess a few people puked in the back  Smile

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User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7945 times:

My was on a domestic flight with a Lufthansa B 737 from DUS to HAM. It was a winter day in 1993 and there was a very strong wind around the HAM area. Well pilot had to go around three times cuz of the turbulences before he finally was able to land safely on the ground.

Second one was on a United flight from IAD to FRA, just before the Irish Coast. Plane was a B 747 and we had very strong turbulenves for about 10 minutes.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7937 times:

Well, the one that I actually really noticed was flying out of FRA towards DFW on an AA 763: 5 minutes out of FRA, right in the middle of the usual announcements about films, meals, etc. there was a really big jolt - actually surprised everyone, including the F/As, that much that the F/A restarted the whole announcement...

Another time was on an SAA 743 on the way from JNB to FRA, although I slept through that one: I was just really surprised when I woke up in the morning and the whole cabin, and most other passengers, was/were a complete mess... but since I had helped the F/As before departing JNB by making an anouncement in German (all German-speaking F/As were outside and helping with the boarding process), they kept the two seats next to me empty by moving the two pax booked there somewhere else - so I had just about the only two free seats in Economy next to me and was able to strech out and sleep quite nicely for the night... Big grin

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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7962 times:

On Finnair's MD-11 flying HEL-JFK over north atlantic. A couple of F/As fell in the aisle, before captain went on PA and talked for few minutes in Finnish, inserting the word "turbulencia" every now and then. A short message in English that followed was "we're experiencing moderate turbulence, please remain seated and keep your seat belts fastened"

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User currently offlineKBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7918 times:

On my way down to ATL on a DL727 about 8 years ago. We were in and out of weather the whole flight, typical East Coast spring storms. The seat belt sign had just gone off and I got up to go to the bathroom. On my way back we hit an air pocket and i felt and noticed the whole cabin lunge to the right. I lost balance and fell on some seats, before stabilizing myself. It was like a fun house trying to get back to my seat and when I made it I buckled in. The captain apologized many times for turning the sign off so soon.

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7905 times:

I experienced the worst turbulences during a snowstorm while flying from FRA to DUS on LH in December of 2001, the plane was an A 320 (D-AIPS). The flight time between both cities is approximately 30 minutes, so the plane did not fly in a high altitude but directly through the snowstorm. Actually I like (light) turbulences but on that day I was happy when the plane touched down on runway 23R.


User currently offlineFA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7756 times:

Working HKG-ORD on UA's 744 in the Spring of 2000 about an hour out of HKG going North the Captain announced "Flight Attendants be seated Immediately". We hit the deck as we're trained. I was in Economy with a beverage cart so I grabbed the coffee pot on top and took it to the floor with me so it wouldn't splash and scald a passenger. It lasted for about 30 minutes and was bad enough to lift me off the floor a few times. The passengers honestly didn't seem to notice! Weird!

Working ORD-LHR on UA's 744 Summer of 2000 about 30 minutes out over the Great Lakes we hit Jet Wash from another aircraft and it dropped me and two other flight attendants to the floor. It was like the whole plane just jumped up four feet. The passengers looked totally freaked! It was hilarious! They saw us standing, then the next minute we were on the floor. We all had to just smile and say "Oh, this happens all the time!" Ya right! No harm done though!


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User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7617 times:

2nd December 2003. Tamworth to Armidale on a Fairchild/Swearingen Metro III with sunshine express the aircraft rego was VH-SEZ.
Took off into a dark stormy sky and due to the flight being only 15 minutes, we could not get high enough to try to avoid the obvious. It was the roughest 15 minutes of my life by far. In a nutshell we were just a fast moving ping pong ball getting thrown around by the severe weather.

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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7524 times:

I've had many bumpy flights as a passenger, but two in particular come to mind, both involving thunderstorms. The most terrifying was on approach to JNB in an SAA 737-800, after an otherwise uneventful flight from CPT. It was late afternoon, and as we descended the clouds got darker and darker, and the air got rougher and rougher (I think the captain had asked the F/As to be seated earlier than usual for landing, since everyone was safely belted in as I recall), until finally it almost looked like night outside, the clouds were so thick you could barely see the winglets, and we were being jolted all over the place like nothing I've experienced before or since. In particular, I remember being slammed violently from side to side more than usual. Finally, we broke out under the clouds, with jagged lightning bolts all around, and had a relatively normal landing. That was the only time I'd ever actually applauded on touchdown.

More recenly, just after takeoff from MEX in an AM MD-80, we were climbing through the clouds when suddenly the captain said, very abruptly in Spanish, "fasten seatbelts." I knew this wasn't a good sign since the seatbelt sign was already on, and the F/As hadn't even stood up yet! Sure enough, a moment later I heard the engines throttled way back, and then we were being shaken all over the place--including a couple of very sharp drops that seemed to leave my stomach somewhere between my ears--for a few very long minutes before continuing on our way to SJD.

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User currently offlinePeachAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 370 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

I have actually had 3 bad ones

1. Braniff 727 DFW-MIA, it was overcast and I did not know there were Thunderstorms east and south of DFW. We climbed in to a thick overcast which was not turbulent - then we were in the clear and I could see blue skies to the north - just then we entered an area of CB's and we got slammed for about 15 minutes. The pilot joked later on the intercom that he could see "white caps" in his coffee.

2. Western Airlines 727 LAX-RNO, I remember it was November and it was snowing near RNO. On approach we hit some severe up and down drafts (typical for RNO). I was holding on to the seat on front of me because the seat belt was not "stabilizing" me!

3. The grandaddy of them all, Delta L-1011 Ship 724 LAX-MCO - Dec 26, 1995. We were at FL350 and there was a thin layer of clouds below us. I remember Little Richard was on the flight. I was sitting with my son in the last row of coach by the window. I was looking out the windows and I noticed that the overcast below was ending and the weather was clear blue skies east of the overcast. It was like someone used a knife it was a straight line in the clouds from north to south. Just as we crossed over this line our aircraft dropped very suddenly, and we were in severe turbulence for about 1 minute. It seemed like an hour. I could hear cables above us banging against the skin of the aircraft from the inside. We were dropping and yawing severely like a pendulum from side to side. I remember seeing full aileron deflections in both direction. My son who was 6 began to cry and asked me if we were going to die. I had to keep calm and reassure him it would be OK. Hope I never have one like that again! I had a similar flight like this on an MD-90 approaching SLC from SNA in 2001.

User currently offlineLikesplanes From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7397 times:

I had an experience similar to that described in this post by Leskova. I was on an an Air Canada BAE 146-200 flying from Montreal to Moncton. Approximately 5 minutes after takeoff, while we were still climbing, there was a large jolting bang. Everything was exceptionally smooth up to that point, but it happened suddenly, and only once. The flight attendant was about 5 to 6 feet in front of me, and I remember her turning around and saying "What was that?', as if any of us would know. I remember her expression was one of concern, and the other passengers were looking around as well mumbling and commenting on this loud bang and jolt. It almost made me think we had hit something.
The rest of the flight was smooth as silk; unfortunately I never thought to
ask the pilot as I got off the plane, what he thought the noise was.

User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7298 times:

Approaching Felts Field in Spokane, WA in a C-172. Had some nice thunder-cells building up to the west of us. The big iron going into Spokane probably laughed at it, but I was pretty happy still having the wings attached to the plane after landing.... =)


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User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7231 times:

I was on a COex ATR EWR-BGR and the turbulence lasted for the entire flight. Sitting in the last row it was quite bad. The F/A never got up the entire flight as she would have been tossed around like a rag doll. The captain warned us in EWR that we probably would not be able to get up durring the flight so three people went to the bathroom while we were taxiing. You could also hear the bags in the bins getting tossed around, one even opened in flight as the latch broke and the bags fell on to the isle.

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User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 796 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7201 times:

December 3, 1996. Alaska Airlines 737-400 through Southeast Alaska. Really bad going in and out of Ketchikan (KTN), severe turbulence below 10000ft in both KTN and Sitka (SIT). The aircraft didn't even try to go into Juneau (JNU) it just continued on to Anchorage (ANC) from SIT. But it was dark, heavy rain, wind gusts between 60 and 80knots I was told. Onboard the plane it was just really quiet among the pax, no conversation, so all you hear is the rattling of the airplane, items being knocked over, and the roaring of the engines as the throttles are tossed forward and back accordingly.

95% of my bad flights have been in and out of KTN, its natorious for its bad weather. In 2000 while leaving on KTN we hit a windshear at 13000ft, nothing too serious though.


User currently offline747buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 762 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7147 times:

Last year on a AA MD-80 from LGA-ORD. About thirty minutes to an hour after take-off, the plane was shaking quite a bit. Then over the Great Lakes-BOOM!
We had a few decent drops and got slammed pretty hard for about 10 minutes. After that the captain got on the PA and said, "Well, folks, I think we've already passed the worst of it." or something to that effect. When we reached ORD, I was never so glad to be on the ground in my life!

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User currently offlineOS-A330 From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7117 times:

Approaching FRA in June 2000 coming from Tokyo in a LH 744, we flew right through a thunderstorm with lightning striking only meters away from our aircraft.
In April 1995 when travelling from Colombo to Singapore on an Air Lanka L-1011. The overhead bins were wobbling around like I've never seen them do before.

User currently offlineJacques60 From France, joined Jul 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7076 times:

Had only two strong ones to remember
One on the very first (test flight with only staff on board) 741 (F-BPVA) in early May 1970 between JFK and YUL. Got through what turned out to be a snow storm (weird climate they have in May !!) and I really thought this huge thing called an airplane would not come out intact of this 30 mn rattle !
Second one was on a 727-200 from GVA to ORY in the early seventies. Climbing to the north along the Jura mountain was smooth as silk but as soon as we turned left to cross this mountain it all started for at least 10mn. Crew was ordered to be seated and they did just that !
Various other bumpy rides , even with thunder hitting the nos of a 747 once, but somehow milder things.

User currently offlineUpgradeplease From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7039 times:

Almost any flight from New York into ATL. Have been on several where the F/A never was allowed to stand. Maybe that's Delta's way of saving money. Also anytime from LGA-YYZ or YUL, had so much turbulence once that when we finally landed at YYZ the captain made an announcement that the F/A's can give out a free drink to those who were interested. But, the best was on a AA MD-80 from DFW-DSM last winter we hit so much turbulence that the O2 masks came out. It wasn't that the cabin lost pressure just so much shaking going on that a few O2 doors opened. I was so scared that I could not laugh at the old lady next to me who actually put on the mask. I did lMAO later though.

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User currently offlineTrdl From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6948 times:

Hi everyone
This is my first post. My WORST experience of turbulence was in 2002 with a Martinair MD-11 over Athens. The plane bumped up and down so bad people started screaming and the crew was sent back to their seats by the captain.(they did smiling...). You could feel the plane reduce speed and altitude to more quiet air.
Later I heard that the plane was damaged so bad the captain woudn't fly it back until repairs had been done, which was eight hours later.

User currently offlineUpsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 823 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6909 times:

The worst turbulence I have encountered was on a WN 732 MDW - SDF back in 1997. It was so horrible that I, a seasoned flyer, thought we wouldn't make it. It was in November but there was a freak storm that had tornados, thunderstorms, etc. all in the area between the two airports.

The aircraft was actually being tossed around by gusts of wind so strong that you could hear them bang on the plane. I usually like some turbulence but this was enough to scare me.

I was very happy to get off of this plane!

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6898 times:
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My worst was when I was little and I was on a America West Airbus when we were flying LAS-MDW. We were a little while before landing when the pilot said we were going to encounter some turburlence and everyone stay in their seats. A few minutes later we were in some moderate turburlence that made me scared(I was only 8 when this happened). After that it violently shook and almost everyone was screaming, I was clutching my mom and screaming too.

"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2082 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6733 times:
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My worst turbulence was a one of the daily UA 777 flights between ORD-DEN, on approach to DEN it was storming off to the Northeast pretty bad....had a slight drop. But other then that nothing too bad.

[Edited 2003-12-05 02:41:23]

User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2642 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6704 times:

Approaching SLC, we hit some good bumps coming through a storm. Had some passengers screaming a little, but I thought it was fun! The Capt. and First Officer both laughed about it with us as they said bye while we de-planed too.

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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4536 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

My worst that I can remember was:

AA LAX-ORD, a 763 in March of 2003.

Before take off the pilot came on and said that we would have some rough air to go through just after take off.

When we did take off, the plane started shaking a lot. It got worse and worse VERY quickly. The pilot came on and yelled "FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TAKE YOUR SEATS TAKE YOUR SEATS TAKE YOUR SEATS"

It stayed at that "worse" stage for about 30 seconds. Some people were screaming.

then it calmed down.

Apparently the LAX tower hadn't informed the crew of how bad the turbulance would be. The pilot came on and said that they got hit with a bad spell and that the copilot disengaged the autopilot and flew the plane manually through the air.

It really wasn't that bad, some of the other ones I read on this forum sounded worse.

25 DLKAPA : My first landing in COS was a fun ride... Both times I landed there, once on AA and once on DL, the approach was high and fast, with spoilers being de
26 Md11lover : I had two pretty bad experiences. My first one was on Tyrolean Dash 8 from VIE to ZAG in 2001. About 5 minutes before touchdown, the plane started sh
27 DL328 : My worst (not really that bad) experience was landing in ORD at night during a storm 7-8 years ago. During our descent through the storm the plane exp
28 DLKAPA : Oh yeah... Being one of if not the last flight to depart Denver during the march blizzard was pretty fun too. Moderate turbulence all the way through
29 BN747 : Sep 1978 China Airlines HKG-TPE 707 B-1830 Of course in a rain storm....It was like someone grabbed the plane and shook the hell out of it. The cabin
30 ANX4fishing : Flying Malmö Aviation from Bromma - AGH early 90's, thought my last moment had arrived when this Saab 340 (?) we were sitting in was kicked all over
31 Post contains images Brubiac : CDG - GRU on a A330-200, TAM, PT-MVC in January 2002 In flight above the Atlantic the airplane was so badly shaken that a woke up. Normally before I w
32 Skydrol : Date: Summer, 1986 or 1987 Aircraft: Boeing 767 Location: Likely over Wisconsin or Minnesota Light turbulence would come and go just after departure.
33 FinnWings : 19.05.2002, IAD-FRA, Lufthansa A340-300 D-AIGH It was an afternoon and weather at Washington was very nice and sunny only few cumulus clouds were visi
34 Kempa : This is hearsay, as it happened to my brother, not to me. He and a friend were once flying from GRU to SCL. There was some light turbulence, the capta
35 Tommy767 : skydrol, What airline did you fly when you encountered all that turbulence?
36 Lakini1102 : In March 2003, I was on a Ryan International DC-10 coming home from Spring Break. We had just taken off from CUN when we hit an air pocket and dropped
37 9V-SVC : I was flying Air China's 777 from Shanghai Hongqiao to Beijing airport . Turbulence began just after take off and ends just before ending . Full of dr
38 BMIA330 : I was flying on Southwest Airlines from LIT to MDW we had been crusing for about fifteen minutes when we hit these little bumps...and then we just dro
39 Skydrol : Tommy, that was on AC, going from YYZ to YYC. It must have been around 1987 because I can also remember trying to take my mind off of the situation by
40 Post contains images Solnabo : JFK-LAX on AA Clipper 747. Somewhere over Chicago we got a severe turbulence, drinking coffee of course........ This heavy was jumping up and down lik
41 Solnabo : Sorry.........It was a PA Clipper 747.
42 Tommy767 : I've been real lucky with turbulence, all I've been on has been minor. EWR-PWM--2003, We took off during rain at EWR and the plane was jiggling around
43 Post contains images Adam T. : I can't remember the exact date. It was either in August 2000 or June 1997. Either way it was on a US Airways 757 from CLT to LAX. It was over Kansas
44 Post contains images VRG772 : I was flying Iberia's A340-300 to MAD, from GRU... We were over Cape Verde, and we were already warned that we would have a little turbulence in that
45 Post contains images PiedmontGirl : There are two incidents with turbulence that stand out in my mind: 1) Piedmont M-404 between CRW and HTS. March, 1968. It had been rough all day and w
46 Cash777 : Mine would have to be from LAS to MIA, on August 2001. I was traveling on a National Airlines 757. We where about to land on MIA during a tropical sto
47 Ryanair!!! : This is my experience... 1) China Airlines, B747-200, SIN-HKG Dec 1982 It was time for the beverage service when we hit some CAT. It was sunny outside
48 DeltaMD11 : I've been through some pretty good cases of turbulence (especially when flyign through frontal systems). The case the really sticks out in my mind tho
49 MarcJet66 : My worst turbulence was once on a A340-300 of LH over the Atlantic in the middle of the night on São Paulo - Frankfurt flight. Everybody woke up and
50 Coronado990 : I remember my worst experience as it was yesterday although I was only 9 years old at the time and it was 1967. I was on a charter flight from FRA on
51 Socrates17 : Cross-Channel hydrofoil. Most of the F/As were physically ill, gave up on duty free, made a stab at distributing extra sick bags, then gave up entirel
52 Ckfred : July 19, 1996 flying on a UA 737-200 from ORD to ATL. We were over the Smoky Mountains when were flew into a large line of thunderstorms with towering
53 Post contains images DC-10 Levo : I've never been in an aircraft where we've had REALLY bad turbulence. My worst experience was when I was flying MAN-SFB on a A330. We were approaching
54 Wardialer : Flight from KSFO to EHAM KL606 FL330 Location: Ft. Chimo Time: 0300LT IAS Fluncuation 5-20-^ Mod to Svr Turb. CB: Tops FL390
55 Nwfltattendant : Time to throw my 2 cents in. For those who haven't seen my postings in the past, im a flight attendant with Northwest, and a private pilot. Through ei
56 Fflood : Flying in a DC-7 (Eastern) from Idelwild to Ft. Lauderdale back in 1961. Lightning, Thunder, plane shaking and bending, all night long. Babies crying,
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