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What Is Your Worst Landing Experience  
User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2468 posts, RR: 51
Posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7366 times:

Last Wednesday (10th Dec) I was on an easyJet flight from Edinburgh to London Luton, we seemed to be approaching the runway a bit quick, on touch down the left landing gear touched down very hard, we shot into the air before coming down on the right hand gear with the left gear still in the air, we bounced again before coming down on both rear wheels well off centre of the runway before swerving into the centre, we were still going fairly fast, the captain then slammed on some kind of brakes as everyone was forced forward.

Has anyone else had any awful landing experiences?


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19399 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7320 times:

I've experienced a very similar landing - whilst at the controls of my aircraft on FS2002.  Wink/being sarcastic Thankfully, I'm now pretty good at 'em.

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2468 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7314 times:

With FS2002 if you crash you can hit the reset button, unfortunatly easyJet havent fitted the reset button to there 737-700's! Big grin

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19399 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7306 times:

It's really pleasing when you manage to successfully land a larger aircraft, like the 752. Gets me grinning very quickly!  Wink/being sarcastic Big grin

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7292 times:

The hardest landing I've ever experienced was on 13th December 1989 on flight RL525 from MGA (Managua/Nicaragua) to SJO aboard B727 YN-BXW.

The landing was so hard that all oxygen masks fell out of the ceiling. I call this landing a controlled crash...

Man, I was so glad to get off but the aircraft continued to PTY (Panama City, hopefully uneventful).

User currently offlineEham From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7269 times:

The hardest landing I've ever experienced was on the 28th of February 2003 on flight VZ321 from AMS (Amsterdam) to Birmingham aboard A320 G-JOEM.

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7209 times:

The hardest i experienced was aboard an Ansett 767-200 on a flight from Melbourne-Coolangatta. The 767 hit down extremely hard and bounced then touched down again. I've head harder landing whilst flight training in light a/c though.

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7138 times:

This year (11th August) I was onboard a TCX A320 coming back from DLM, approaching EMA. We were seconds from touchdown and we had already gone over quite a bit of the runway. I thought we were a bit high. Then all of a sudden the pilot pushed the throttles back up and we were back up cirlcing round EMA! We came back round, lined up on the runway and made a really hard landing. It was my first go around!


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7143 times:

"the captain then slammed on some kind of brakes as everyone was forced forward."

How do you know it was the Captain? We get to land the birds too ya know!!

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1842 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7061 times:

I guess my worst landing was on the US Shuttle from DCA to LGA in August of 1999. It was raining pretty hard at LGA, and the plane (IMO) was going a bit faster than it should have been on final. We hit rather hard, bounced once, then hit hard again. About then the thrust reversers came on, and we stopped pretty fast. No harm done.

I also was on an AA MD-80 a few years ago landing at DCA. I don't remember if I was returning from DFW or ORD. The plane seemed to land ok, but the pilot put the thrust reversers on, it seemed even, before the nose gear was on the ground, causing everyone to lurch foward. Again, no harm done, but rather uncomfortable.

Flying Colors Forever!
User currently offlineMog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6996 times:

Landing at BOM on the alternate runway can be tricky at the best of times.

Coming in to land during the monsoons with cross winds changing speed as well as direction as well as a aquaplaning special wet runway on a "get-home-quick" QTA flight from PNQ into BOM in June 2001, a Jet Airways B-737-800, with a few Air Force pilots sitting next to you in the tail giving running commentary.

Come in on wobbly wings, bending and dipping like a drunk ballerina, drop hard at the last moment with the outbound hold aircraft looking on in amazement, we skid all over the place and trays fall open, overhead bins pop handbags (never sit in the aisle again) and screams from all around.

Monsoon flying and landing in India is what keeps our faith in the Powers that Be alive.

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6885 times:

I was on an FR flight LGW-DUB a few months ago, and I could swear that the front landing gear touched down at the same time as the rear. It was quite a jolt.

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6758 times:

Flying Haneda to Fukuoka, Skymark 767-300...

On approach, flying over the shore and downtown Fukuoka, the pilot waited until the last minute to drop all flaps and gear... I was a bit suprised.

When we touched down, oh boy, did you know it! It wasn't a landing, it was a forced impact. Very very hard and uncomfortable. Then, when I flew them back to Haneda, the same thing. We came down with a thud.

Flying the same route on JAL (except from Narita in a 772) the flaps and gear came down on schedule and the landing was soft.

Save the whales...for dinner!!!
User currently offlineOS-A330 From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6555 times:

TG from Bangkok to Phuket.
It was an evening flight, therefore dark outside. Heavy clouds, no possibility for the passengers to visually determine the altitude. It was a very calm approach, no turbulence..... but without any alert whatsoever it suddenly went WHAM.
We must have really "fallen" down the last 5-10 altitude meters onto the runway, the result was an enormous impact. Looking around the cabin, I noticed scared people grabbing their armrests in horror, not realising that what had happened was a simple landing. I myself was quite shocked as well, but calmed down immediately after seeing the runway lights, prooving that we had landed on the runway and not somewhere else

User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6541 times:

My worst landing must have been on an MD11 of American Airlines flying from Tokyo to San Jose. We seemed to come in hot and high and the first hit was very hard (ex carrier pilot maybe)  Big grin 2nd bounce was less hard and it finally stuck to the runway after that.

English First, British Second, european Never!
User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6478 times:

January 2000...

I was on an AA B738 BUF-ORD. Weather at ORD wasn't the greatest, being cloudy and windy. Anyways, we hit the runway pretty hard, thus bouncing and causing a few people to shriek in the cabin, before we smoothly landed a second time.

User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6471 times:

My worst landidng was on an Olympic Airways A340-300 at JNB in 2002. We came in a bit high. i though we were gonna do a go-around. We went over the threshold mch higher than usual. I was expecting full power when suddenly this bloddy greek pilot cuts the throtle and slammed into the runway. Bounced twice and came to a stop at the end of the runway. The pilots thankfully apologized for the terreble landing  Big thumbs up

Rgds and safe flying

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[Edited 2003-12-12 17:56:24]

Proudly South African
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12905 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6319 times:

We have a pretty short runway here in Jersey and the wind can be pretty strong; BA always seem to land pretty firmly; technically, they're not bad landings, but they certainly jar the old molars a bit!

I'm flying to Amsterdam with them tomorrow, back on Monday, so if the weather's anything like today, it'll be quite a "fun" arrival. Better to land firm and brake strongly than run off the end - particularly if you're landing on 27; the drop off the end could be, well, painful!

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25215 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6315 times:

A good landing is one you can walk away from
A great landing is one where the a.c can be used again  Big grin  Big thumbs up

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineSarrebal From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6307 times:

21 Feb 2002

AZ622 MXP-LAX with MD-11

We were a little high and the pilot decided to go for a (very) hard landing, instead of going around.

The lady behind me started crying and quite a few people screamed.

Everything was alright, though.

User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6293 times:

We caught a little crosswind coming into HNL on an AQ B732. There was a little frightend noise from a few passengers, but it wasn't that bad.


User currently offlineAV8AJET From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1392 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6137 times:

The worst landing I experienced was a DL 763 flight from ATL - TPA. Upon the rather HARD touchdown, "several" stress the word several overhead bins opened and one movie projector cover came crashing DOWN!! Fortunately there was no one sitting underneath it but it also had chains to stop it detaching. I thought for sure the struts went through the wing!!

"To fly or not to fly there is no question!"
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4536 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6135 times:

Frontier Airlines flight 216, SLC-DEN:

Upon reaching cruise altitude, FL330, Engine #2 exploded and flipped the plane, also causing cabin decompression. Aircraft had to make an emergency descent, the nearest airport was Vernal, UT, and the aircraft had to make the approach on one engine's power while still heavily loaded with pax and fuel.

Didn't make it. We went down about 200 yards from the runway threshold at vernal, in a small field surrounded by pine trees. VERY hard landing due to stall that even the Alpha-floor couldn't prevent......worst landing of my life.

.....oh wait......you mean in real life, not in FS2002 (with damage addon)  Wink/being sarcastic

Well in real life I've never had a truly bad landing, but I did have a rough landing at LAS aboard a WN 733.  Smile

User currently offlineTcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 529 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6090 times:

Worst landing was in 93 or 94, at Stapleton on CO...don't recall the aircraft type MD-80 maybe? Came in fighting crosswinds and touched one side down, then the other, etc., at least 3 times each side...just bouncing along the runways...(it wasn't the runways over I-70) My dad told me later that a CO aircraft had right side landing gear collapse 1 week earlier...glad he waited to tell me!

User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6088 times:

My worst landing experience was the one where we didn't land.

July 2000 (day after Concorde crash, by the way). BWI-ATL, Delta 737-800, aborted landing and did a go-around.

25 Qwerty : to echo, haven't had a worst landing. Hope I never do and get to go to the big blue sky in the sky by some other means. any landing you can walk away
26 EGGD : I've been pretty lucky with landings considering how many flights i've been on. Of course i've had some go arounds, some bouncers and some fast ones,
27 Cedarjet : Landed in rain and gusty winds at Charlotte NC in a Delta MD80. We landed OK at the end of a pretty wild approach, but halfway down the runway we comp
28 PHX Flyer : The worst landing I have ever experienced was in the fall of 1991, on a Lufthansa A320 into London-Heathrow: The weather was calm and sunny, and the e
29 Backfire : My worst landing was in Atlantic City. The touchdown was fine, but then I realised that I'd landed in Atlantic City.
30 MD88Captain : How do you guys know so much about the landing when you are sitting in the back???? You have NO idea if the pilot came in too fast or too slow if you
31 NWA ARJ : I have had some pretty hard landings in my private pilot training. But I am really good at landing now. HEHE
32 Carlos1979 : The worst landing I ever experienced, wasn't a landing at all....let me explain. We were living in Jakarta Indonesia at the time. The government was
33 747SPA330MD11 : Under www.a340.net you can really find some nice landings in the Multimedia Area. Landings of an MD-11 from Alitalia in good old Kai Tak and landings
34 Cytz_pilot : During my flight training, the worst landing would have to be when the aircraft 'porpoises', something you will never want to happen in an airliner...
35 PiedmontGirl : Carlos1979: The hardest landing I've ever experienced was on an SQ flight from Singapore to Cairo. I thought the landing had collapsed, it was such a
36 CO2BGR : My worst landing was in a 152 as a student pilot. As I was landing in a cross wind so I had my feet on the rudder pedals but my toes were slightly on
37 Captain_777 : MD88Captain- I completely agree with you. Thanks for coming out and saying that for people to realize. I NEVER have a bad landing experience..Why? Bec
38 Cs03 : Because of wind conditions, I can remember a tough landing in a PAN AM 727 into JFK in1969 with wind and rain, but we got in, even after most of the P
39 Usair320 : on an AZ MD-80 at MXP it felt like we were going to fall apart!!!!!!!!!!
40 Pr1268 : Not scary but weird: CRK - U.S. Air Force's Clark Air Base in the Philippines in 1989 in a Flying Tigers (then recently purchased by FedEx) B747-200.
41 Brains : Worst, I dunno...one of the more interesting, probably. Nov. 29th of this year, VS011 (A346 G-VMOA) winds gusting to 50kts in BOS. As one can imagine,
42 Positive rate : One time also I was flying another C172 with an airspeed indicator in mph but I thought it was in knots...doing my approach at about 50-55 mph when I
43 Post contains images MITaero : Brains - I think I landed the same day, a NW DC-9 from DTW to BOS - it was terrible. Not the touchdown, just the approach. Could feel the plane fighti
44 Ei a330-200 : I have two. The first was on an AA MD-87 "Luxury Liner" DFW-LGB. We ran the entire length of the runway, with what seemed like full breaks and full re
45 Post contains images Lauda777 : It would have to have been in late 99 on an Ansett 767-200 flying Sydney to Melbourne, it was extremely windy that day have to admit it, we were leani
46 Post contains images Ils33 : Mine has to be when i did my first solo cross country as a provate pilot. I flew from KMTN to CGE and they have runway 34 and 16. Well since it was m
47 Nudelhirsch : My worst landing experience was not landing... We tryed takeoff in DEN on a AA, I think it was a MD80. The winds were turning pretty much (captain sai
48 Cytz_pilot : So the airspeed indicator was in MPH? Is this a common thing in the US? Also what MPH was it- statute or nautical? If it was nautical then that would
49 Zak : sometime in 2000 we did a combat simulated landing in some muddy field, as soon as i got out of the back of the ch-53 i hit a huge natural landmine (c
50 Qexonial : Good day, I apologize to all DC-10 lovers, but my worst landing experience would be on a DC-10. It was a flight from KUL-KCH on MH, probably more than
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