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User currently offlineAircadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6136 times:

Worst flight I ever had was from USM - BKK on a PG AT7 no one spoke for the entire flight and the cabin crew didn't get off there jump seats. Captain came over the tanoy a few times just to say it was normal this time of year but didn't really help the situation. But I suppose the AT7 isn't exactly the ideal plane to be on in that situation.

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User currently offlineGasman From New Zealand, joined Mar 2004, 1599 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6087 times:

A UA 757 flight from LAX-DEN was mine. I was in the rearmost aisle, felt like riding Niagara falls in a barrell. Captain yelled at one point for the crew to take their seats, then put the aircraft into a fairly steep dive in an attempt to find smoother air. It worked (a bit)

User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5972 times:

Any flight over Bengal Bay.
A friend recently had people hitting the roof (wear your seatbelt people!!!) on a SIA 747 and my personal experience on an AF 777 was overhead luggage bins falling open, crew immediately running for a seat and strapping in and silent/scared passengers all around (including myself).

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17664 posts, RR: 65
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5954 times:

SAS B747 LAX-CPH in 1984. I was woken up by the buffeting. My hips kept hitting the armrests. Alternatively I would fly up only to be held back by the seatbelt, then be pushed down again. This went on for about 20 minutes. I shut my eyes, raised the volume on the headphones and crushed them against my ears. Didn't help. The plane kept bouncing about  Big grin

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineDukebluedevil From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

This past Christmas, December 14th to be exact, BA6505 from BEY to AMM. The flight was an hour and a half long, we took off in lightening and landed in it, and I felt like we were going to lose it any second. Most of the passengers deplaned in BEY, so the flight to AMM was relatively empty, we each got our own rows on the A320. Most of us weren't strapped in. One of the flight attendants fell in the aisle and got her foot suck under one of the chairs. It was scene after scene...

User currently offlineMconway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5932 times:

Landing in YYT in an Air Atlantic BAE146 back in 91 or 92. We had a very rough landing in YQX and the plane actually bounced off the runway and looking out the window I could actually see down it. On the YQX-YYT leg I took the jumpseat and strapped myself into the 5 point harness - tight. I was listening in on the ATIS and heard gusting to 65 kts. I remember watching the altimeter and it really started to shake at 3 or 4 thousand AGL. All the same being strapped in the jumpseat and being able to look forward, it didn't seem all that bad. When I went back to retrieve my baggage after landing, there were quite a few pale faces though.

User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 7284 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5807 times:

From MQT-MSP on a Mesaba Fokker F27. Holy cow, I've never been so afraid in my entire life on an airplane, and that's something!

Don't know if it was result of some Lake Superior upper air flow or what, but that thing was tossed around like a rag doll, and no matter what altitude, we couldn't settle into any smoother tack.  Wow!

User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

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On a flight from MIA to NAS, the f/a made an announcement that due to heavy turbulence there would be no beverage service today. It was one of the smoothest flight in the history of aviation, not a bump in the air, not a sky in the cloud, and no work for the f/a. Man, that was a turbulent flight.  Yeah sure

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User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5737 times:

An America West CRJ from Columbus Ohio to Hartford Connecticut in 2001. We were coming into Hartford the day before Thanksgiving and it was about 11:30 at night. All of a sudden, the planed lurched and dropped FAR.

User currently offlineSASlover From Denmark, joined Mar 2004, 350 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5724 times:

In 1996 where I was flying from Copenhagen to New York when we was landing I New York there was turbulent and when we had landed I throwed up and that's my history of the worst turbulent I have enjoyed

Pilot how soon can you land this plane. I can't tell. Yes you can tell me I am a doctor
User currently offlineBRUspotter From Belgium, joined Jan 2004, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5715 times:

In 1986 on a Northwest Orient 747 en route BOS-LGW. The wings were actually flapping like a birds' wings and their were lots of americans panicking and 'Oh my Gaaad' ing like they do. I was 14 at the time and on my own on the flight and I nearly did it in my pants.

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User currently offlineNORTHSEATIGER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5683 times:

Coming in to land at ABZ in winter from NCL in a Jetstream 41, Bumpy to say the least !!

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User currently offlineEXMEMWIDGET From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

My worst flight was back in 1991 on a FedEx flight from MEM to BOS. I was jump seating in the back of a DC-10 that was in a seemingly bad thunderstorm. In the back where I was seated, it was hot, there were no windows other than the little porthole in the door and I was facing backward. Needless to say, I was a little green faced after that flight.

User currently offlineDjb77 From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

Flying to Belfast City last week from Manchester. Sunny day in Manchester, lots of snowy clouds over Northern Ireland and the Irish Sea. Boy, did we get thrown around. The plane was a Dash 8-300. Up down, up and around, up down, up and around all the way there.
My last other really turbulent flight was flying Palma to Newcastle a couple of years back - the plane was really diving into the turbulence as we went through a thunderstorm near Barcelona. We were in our seats for a good 45 mins as the plane was thrown around big time. We were seated on the very back row as well, which never helps. The plane certainly bounces more back there.

User currently offlineTomgib From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5516 times:

mine was on a LH A 340-300 from FRA - PHX. Somewhere over the rockies (Wyoming, Utah, Colorado or so) the plane was really going up and down and around... The captain ordered the F/A´s to close down service until the weather got better. The turbulence was due to severe jetstream tailwinds that got us going at close to 1200 km/h ground speed ! I had upgraded to business on that flight so I was sitting in front of the wing and could watch the engines get shaken around and the wing flex (and does it flex on the A 340´s !!!) The winds however got us in to PHX about 45 minutes ahead of time. You can see any way you want.... is it better to arrive early or to miss out on the business class drinks ??

User currently offlineB747FAN From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5417 times:


MCO to MAN on BA747. About two hours into flight we hit CAT. It lasted for only a few minutes, but the damage was severe. A flight attendant hit the roof, and split open her eyebrow. Another male attendant, broke his arm. And numerous passengers who had not worn seat belts had various minor to serious injuries. Our flight was supposed to continue on to LGW from MAN, but it did not. All passenger were bused to LGW from Manchester. I guess there was quite a lot of metal fatigue on the aircraft. Scary stuff....

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17664 posts, RR: 65
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5379 times:

although they might have had to do a check on the airframe, metal fatigue is not the big thing. Mostly the plane is a mess, and the check takes time. So that plane was probably flying again withing 12 hours.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineRareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5299 times:

Was on a National Airlines DC-8 many years ago, flying from LAX-TPA, when we hit some CAT over south Texas. The cabin crew was about 2/3 finished serving a good meal (this really dates this post) when all of a sudden the dinnerware and silver went flying, people were bouncing around, etc. The cabin was a mess, and when we finally got to TPA, the airline handed out vouchers to have our clothing cleaned. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. I'll bet it took quite a while to clean up the mess in the cabin.

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User currently offlineNworlnsbearcub From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

A flight from AMS to DBV on a KLM DC-9.... I distinctly remember flying in directly from the Adriatic, and over the mountains, as we were landing. There was some crying going on as we bumped up and down and all around. I was practically going in my pants as well. Horrifying at the time...
And the weather was gorgeous!

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User currently offlineMaersk737 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 733 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5224 times:

In 1986 on a Sterling Airways DC-8-63 from RHO to BLL. The wings was going up and down, we almost didn't need the engines to fly.

The worst thing though, I lost my beer Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineDelta07 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

Mine was a couple years ago on DL. We were going from SEA to CVG in a B737-832. This was around the 3rd of December about 2 years ago I think.

Anyway, everything was fine at first when we left SEA and a couple hours later as we approached CVG in the evening hours we were told that the winds were gusting up to about 30 kts with heavy snow falling. As we were on final approach for CVG airport the plane began rocking up and down, left and right and dipping/rising etc...everything BUT smooth. I thought I would be sick but was ok. I was at the window and when I looked out, it appeared as if the left wing was going to hit the runway because we were at such an angle.

The captain did a phenomenal job. He managed to correct the situation really quickly and we landed with no incident.

Another I just remember from just a few months ago...

We were on our way back from my sisters for Thanksgiving this past year and we were on on of US Airways DHC-8. We were coming from CHA to CLT. Once again, everything was just fine and smooth as you please starting out when we departed CHA but once we started making our initial descent into the CLT area. It really got bad. I was trying to catch my breath at first and not think about it while others were getting sick or praying for a safe landing. It was like a rollercoaster ride..once again- up/down, left/right. Believe it or not for some reason I actually enjoyed it once I got used to what was going on.

I've been on numerous flights over the years and felt all kinds of turbulence in all kinds of aircraft from the DHC-8 to the B767-432. I know what to expect when I get on a plane now but it's still not my idea of a good time if I had a choice ya know?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5106 times:

Ten years ago I was on a CO 742 LGW-IAH. A few minutes out of Houston the plane dropped suddenly. The FA's hit the ceiling and something went crashing in the galley. The entire approach was a roller coaster.

User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5028 times:

....during a MIA-MAD (1995) in 20 minutes after take off.The fight was a IB's 747 full of pax.For me and for my friend was very funny.The 20/30 minutes more quiet inside a plane despite we was carrying over 400 pax.It was like a funeral,no like a journey by plane.Even though the plane is the most safe, many people are terrified to any wind.
Two hours later,i talked to captain and he said me storms are not rares over Bahamas.

User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4940 times:

1998 TWA coming in to STL on some sort of prop ( mustve been one of its feeders then) Thunderstorm in the area- i have never actually CLUNG to the seat in front of me the way i did on that flight!

Sometimes coming in here to RNO its heaps of fun, December 29th flight back in was rockin and rollin, but nothing like that one to STL!

You usually get plenty of turbulence crossing the Rockies, you always know where you are in the US when you hit em  Smile Somehow turbulence doesnt seem all that drastic when you are on a big 'Bus or boeing

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User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4902 times:

Back in summer '98 on a Canada 3000 B757 YYZ-GLA, we had turbulence for just about the whole of the flight from takeoff to until we were over Ireland, and during that time seatbelt sign was on all the time which meant no getting up, no toilet trip, no hot drinks. Luckily, it was a night flight(of course) so I managed to sleep throughh most of it!  Smile

25 Wilco : Mine was UAL DEN-ABQ in a 737. Bumpy flight the whole way but the scary part was the landing. We touched down hard so we bounced back up probably 5-10
26 BA747400 : Hey, I have been rather lucky and haven't hit major turbulence on my flights. (knock on wood) Anyway, Does anyone remember that UA flight coming from
27 Post contains links Andz : You thinking of this one? December 28, 1997 TOKYO (CNN) -- One woman was killed and at least 74 others were injured Sunday when a United Airlines 747
28 FlyingNanook : The worst turbulence I've ever experienced was in December 2002. I was flying on AS from ANC to LAX. Our plane was delayed due to mechanical problems.
29 Neptunescar : onboard a KE MD11 passing over the Japan Alps.... all pax not wearing seatbelts were airborne (but didnt hit their heads on the ceiling) cabin crew co
30 AirframeAS : Turbulance rules! I love riding through them!
31 Post contains images QIguy24 : Airframe A/S Turbulance rules! I love riding through them! You are absolutly right! I think it feels soo good to bee thrown around in the seat beause
32 LVZXV : While all the entries do sound impressive, I challenge any of you to fly through a "Sudestada", those large storms that form over the River Plate and
33 Cx340 : Mine was on a Mexicana F100 flying MEX-MTY on August 2000. This is the middle of strom season in Mexico, and the flight had been bumpy all the way. Th
34 StevenUhl777 : DEN-ABQ July 1991 UA 737-200 Turbulent the entire flight...just awful. Won't ever forget that flight...
35 APAOps5 : Spring time TS in the SE US can create pretty large squall lines that you can't fly over or through. I was on a delayed NW 727 MEM-TPA, and apparently
36 Catnamedalex : Turbulence is what lets you know that you're FLYING!! Otherwise you may as well be on a friggin BUS..the thing to do is reframe your panicky mental st
37 Kilavoud : A part of my trip report including my worst ever turbulent flight : GVA-FRA-MAA 03 OCT 2003 At 08:07 we are inside the clouds. It is beginning to bump
38 Post contains images Komododx : The worst turbulence I have been on was an AA 763 ORD-MXP. Going over the Atlantic, I was fast asleep, when I suddenly I woke up to notice the A/C was
39 BDRules : Mine was on FI 752 between KEF and BOS in November last year. There was no inflight service and i can remember leaving my seat a few times even while
40 Ckfred : UA 737-200 flying from ORD to ATL on July 19, 1996. For whatever reason, the pilots flew into a thunderstorm. I have never been bounced around so much
41 Post contains images AirframeAS : QIguy24: You are now on my respected user list Glad you agree with me on that one! When I flew on HP flt 680 on March 2, 2004 SEA-PHX, there as turbul
42 FullThrottle : Well, today way pretty bad. First it was smooth then light chop then light turbulence then Moderate turbulence for a while. It wasn't that bad but it
43 Post contains images C17Glbm : Last september, shortly after Hurricane Isabell hit I flew from Rhein/Main (FRA) to CHS. Talk about a joyous ride!
44 Hugojimenez : During my first flight ever, from SJO to MIA, onboard Lacsa's Bac 1-11 "El Tico" (you can see a picture of the a/c at airliners.net) in 1968, yes... 1
45 Uadc8contrail : to make myself politically correct and to make kroc happy........any flt from den-cos and vice versa......most/all the traffic from cos-den den-cos ge
46 Fuffla : I have had two experiences with really bad turbulence. **1:TG 744- BKK-SYD (January 2003), the whole flight was very shakey but just before touching d
47 Aerosvit : WAW - ORD over the North Atlantic. Than later on we hit some pretty bad bumps over Canada. The plane swayed from side to side violently and up and dow
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