Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10611 times:
My first scary experience was on a Korean Air 744 DFW-ICN, Flight 036. The man next to me on the plane had a heart attack as we were flying between Japan and South Korea. We landed at ICN and he was taken off the plane by ambulance.
My second strange experience was FRA-DFW on an AA 772 Flight 71. I was up in business class when flight attendants started asking if there was a doctor on board. Someone in the back of economy thougt she was having a heart attack. The woman's story became strange when she refused to be hooked up to a heart monitor. The pilot went to the back and checked her out and made the decision to circle over the Atlantic for 45 min to dump fuel and return to GLA. As we were sitting on the ground at GLA, the woman was off-loaded as we stood at a remote stand. Then, GLA security officials became suspicious of the woman, and a huge security sweep was underway. We sat on the ground at GLA for over 4 hours before we headed on our way back to DFW.
My third scary experience was on a flight from OKC-DEN on a UA 737. We were at cruising altitude when the engines suddenly got quiet. I figured we were slowing to make our descent into the DEN area. All of a sudden, channel 9, which was on for the entire flight, went quiet. As if someone turned it off. We stayed at flight level, and the captain or first officer came out of the cockpit, went to the exit row over the wing, and stared out the window on the left side. He seemed to be checking out something on the wing. Then, he returned to the cockpit, and at cruising altitude, albiet at a slower speed, the crew extended the flaps a few degrees, then retracted them. I became a little nervous as I didn't know what was going on. All the flight attendants had gathered in the back of the aircraft and were all looking at some sort of manual. We landed at DEN with no problems, but something seemed out of order on that flight. No explanation from the crew at all.
The strangest/scariest flight I have been on was actually a series of flights on UA from OKC-HKG. I checked in at OKC for the flight to Denver. At the time, UA pilots were on strike, and the VERY rude lady at the counter informed me that I would not be making it to HKG today because my flight to LAX from Denver had been cancelled. I was upset as the flight from LAX-HKG would be my first flight on a 747. She told me that I could go through YVR on Air Canada to HKG, on the A340. I declined as my other alternative was to get to LAX that night, spend the night, and make the next morning's flight to HKG. I wanted to ride on the 744 so badly. Well, I get to LAX, and NO luggage. The airline had no idea where my luggage had gone. So, in the same clothes I had worn the entire day before, and without toiletries, I headed off to HKG the next morning. I get a call from UA at my hotel in HKG, 3 days after the luggage was lost, and my luggage accidentally was sent to FRA. Apparently, the people who checked in before me at OKC were headed to FRA and my luggage got tagged there. They couldn't explain how it happened, but they said my luggage would arrive in HKG the next day, I think via Lufthansa, I maybe wrong though. (How funny, I've always wanted to do the "Around the World" flight, and my luggage did it before me.)
Well, everything on the return flight was going smoothly. After a LONG take off role at HKG, our UA 744 Flight 001 was headed to LAX. Everything was fine until we hit the east coast of Japan. BAM! That huge 744 took a dive to the left, as people screamed. All of you know how flexible the 744's wings are, and lemme tell you, those wings were flapping like a bird's wings. I've never seen wing flex like that. The captain came over the loudspeaker and said, SEATBELTS! We went through 3 HUGE dives like that, then the rest was all smooth to LAX.
Got on a 763 of UA headed to Denver, no problem but the usual bumpy ride into DEN. However, while sitting at DEN, I could see storms building in the east as the evening wore on. I was thinking, GREAT another bumpy ride. Well, I got onto the 727 and was seated next to a VERY religious couple. I don't mind religion and I'm a Christian myself, but I hate it when people try to witness to me. DRIVES MEA Middle East Airlines (Lebanon)">ME NUTS! Anyway, smooth flight until that 727 started to shimmy and shake. We aren't talking little bumps either. We ended up between two storms over OKC in a holding pattern, waiting for the weather and wind to clear up over Will Rogers World Airport. It was bumpy as hell. The religious couple kept praying the entire time, holding hands. I was scared as hell. We finally were on our descent and approached the runway in what seemed to be a strong cross wind. We touched down further down the runway than expected, and I swear the left wing was only 1 foot away from the runway as we fought the cross wind. Finally were on the ground and stopped. The captain then made a complete U-turn in the middle of the runway and we taxied back to the terminal. Apparently we used a lot of the runway up on landing. We weren't allowed in the jetway because of the lightening and stayed an hour on the plane.
My final scary experience, well, not that scary, but mentionable, was on AA Flight 947 BOS-DFW, on a 762. As we were taxiing, I started looking at the right engine. I noticed that every time we throttled up, liquid was splashing out of the nacelle. I notified the flight attendant, and she notified the captain, who brought us back to the terminal. The flight was cancelled, and we were all transferred to an MD-80 flight to DFW or the 757 flight to DFW. On the return flight, flight 948, the 762 we were on went tech and we waited to have it fixed. After 2 hours, we were offloaded into the terminal. Later on, we were loaded back onto the plane, and taxied to the runway, we powered up and were rolling. Shortly after power up, the captain powered down and returned to the taxiway. Back to the terminal, we were offloaded again, and waited. We got back on the aircraft, but the problem wasn't fixed, so off again! Finally, they cancelled that flight, and we were put on a 757 to Boston. Same crew as the 767 pilot is also certified on the 757. About a month after this incident, I recieved a letter from AA saying that they apologized for the chaotic delay, and they credited my AAdvantage account 10,000 miles!
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10464 times:
Pretty much the only scary experiences I've had were turbulence related. My butt cheeks swallowed the seat cushion on a Reno Air MD-80 going over the Sierra's, an America West A320 on takeoff from LAS, an America West 737-200 on approach to LAS from ONT, and a Continental 757 inflight over the Rockies.
Gsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1090 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10447 times:
I had two scary experiences, both on the same flight..... TOL->PIT on a Fokker F100.
The frirst was the fact that cabin pressure dropped 6 times on the flight. It dropped enough that people became dizzy (some passing out), though the oxygen masks never dropped.
The second was the same flight when after we were at druising altitude and one engine powered down. I was in the rear of the plane, and on those types of older planes with the fuselage mounted engines, they are loud. Well, it was completely silent on one side and you could hear something going on with it... then silence as we completed the rest of the flight on one engine.
Uswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10410 times:
On a flight from BDL-DFW, I saw an elderly woman get up to use the lav, there was a pretty long line for coach, so she made her way up into first, this was in 1997 (I think) so curtains were still used, she didn't come back. A little while later, one of the flight attendants came over the PA asking if there was a doctor on board, luckily there was. After landing and parking in DFW, when the curtains were drawn you could see that medics had rushed on to the plane to attend to the woman, as she had collapsed in the aisle. Watching her being taken off on a stretcher you could see she was very fazed, but concious. Luckily the rest of the pax on board were courteous and remained seated until the situation calmed down.
Rabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 993 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10386 times:
in 2000 i was scheduled on a SN flight DUS-BOS via brusseles. because ramp workers or ATC was on strike in belgium, we were re-scheduled to take a BA flight via LHR.
this did not only cause a long delay, but also the fact that we were scheduled on a 777. hence, me and my girlfriend were placed on two of the 3 seats of each of the 777 triple seats.
we came to sit besides a belgian or french doctor, wo was chatting to his colleague (on the other side of the aisle) all the time. the scary thing was his breath. he had the worst breath i ever experienced in my life. even when he was talking to his colleague, the gas came over to us. while he was eating, he still pulluted the air. actually, while eating i was afraid to throw up.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8351 posts, RR: 47 Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 10346 times:
Nothing scary here. But I'm not exactly what you'd call a frequent flyer, and it takes a bit to scare me. Bumpy ride? Bring it on! Only thing I don't like about turbulences is when they make other people feel bad, everyone should be able to enjoy a fun ride.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
TheBigOne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10280 times:
UAL 747. I've been on more flights than I can count, and can only recall one scary experience. I was flying into Madras (now Chennai) in South India on and Air India A310-300, in what I can best describe as heavy monsoon rain. About 12 minutes from touch down there was an almighty bang and I saw the right wing bend to a terrifying angle. The plane felt like someone was trying to roll it over and the passengers could feel the heavy rudder input the pilots were applying. We continued to what was a slightly bumpy landing, although after that experience almost anything can be classed as slightly bumpy!
Reach for the stars - they are closer than you think!
Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2888 posts, RR: 18 Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10255 times:
Back in 1990 my mom and I were flying from MSY to CVG on a DL 727 and while we were at cruising altitude (must have been rather low) the plane suddenly dropped around 1000ft.
Of course people started screaming and so on.
After a minute or so the Captain told us that he had to get out of the way of a private aircraft that was on our flight path.
Could have gottten messy...
My mom also likes to tell the story who we had a power outage in the cabin on an LH flight from BOS to FRA some time during the 80's, with oxygen masks falling down and all.
And of course the usual go around that scare people, but what aviation enthusiast doesn't like those for kicks once in a while...
KITH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 359 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10249 times:
Here's four. The only scary thing, though I know it was perfectly normal and we were never in danger was on a CO morning flight. EWR-LGW. We were delayed for an hour due to a thnderstorm and finally took off, the plane was struggeling to gain altitude and finally when the clouds were getting lighter, bam! a bolt of lightening hit the wing of our DC-10. Plane shuddered and beyond the noise it was fine, turned out to be a nice flight and great clear approach into London. Other then that, just having bags sent to HPN instead of GRB and a well placed $50 getting me up front once or twice...-Matt in KITH
ISPWNfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 14 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10231 times:
my only times were.. 1) landing at Sioux City (IA) a week after the United DC-10 accident a few years back ( seeing the charred runway gave me the creeps) & 2) landing at JFK coming back from Germany - we were about to touch on the runway when all the sudden the plane jerks almost straight up (pilot says "we came too close to the plane in front of us).
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6282 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10193 times:
Never had any really scary for me and hope not to ever even though If I plan on being a pilot I sure I will have a few engine fires and stuff. I can just think of some turbulance and once on a chalks plane and the landing gear landing gear horn went off but no big deal there. Hope to keep it that way.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10059 times:
UA flight 847 (757) March 22nd, 2003, LGA-IAD. (Orange Alert, first days of the Iraq War)
The plane is sitting at the gate for an unusually long time. After about 10 minutes of just sitting there (ramp workers had all but vacated), we look out the window, all of a sudden several Port Authority police cars speed around the terminal and approach the plane, full lights and sirens. We look out the window, and see the cargo doors opening, as several men in suits get into the cargo bay. A few minutes later, some baggage is taken off and dogs start sniffing it over. At this time, 3 men in black suits get on the aircraft, walk back a few rows behind me, and tap a man on the shoulder. "Sir, we're gonna have to ask you to step off this aircraft." He gives a dirty look to them but complies. Then the captain comes over the PA (in a very obviously distressed and nervous tone):
"Ladies and gentleman, this is your captain. I am sure you have seen some commotion going on in the Cabin, and a passenger being removed from the flight. This passenger was obviously intoxicated, and during check in he had made several threats against our aircraft, as well as passing out literature. We felt it has been a prudent move in thinking of our passengers safety, to go ahead and call the Port Authority and have this passenger removed from the flight. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure safety, and this flight will continue as soon as we feel everything has been checked out."
About a minute later, the captain and some guys in suits come down and pat down the area this guy was in, making sure he left nothing behind. A few minutes later, he comes on again and says:
"Ok we now feel like the flight is safe to depart, the area has been searched. The flight will depart about ten minutes late, and we expect to make up for lost time in flight. Again we thank you for flying United Airlines, and we hope you enjoy your flight."
I have to say, I had always been a little bit nervous about flying, but on this trip I completely cured it. Between a takeoff in a blizzard and an excellently handled security situation, I am now completely at ease.
Flyinround731 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 241 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 9992 times:
Well, my "scary experience", well, it's more funny rather than scary was during takeoff on a BHM-HOU flight on the WN triple crown aircraft about a little over a year ago. This was during a thunderstorm, and before the plane came to the gate for the previous passengers to deplane and let us get on, the plane had to sit out for a while due to lightning strikes. When the plane pulled up, I was pretty glad to ride home on a special WN bird, and when we boarded, I got to sit next to this nice looking girl around my age while my parents sat one row ahead and across from me. So, here I am, trying to keep my cool, while we taxi out to the runway, thunder booming and everything, and we start our takeoff roll, and we start our climb. While climbing, the plane is rocking side to side, and we dropped a little. You hear a few people throughout the cabin go "woah!", as for me, I kinda sorta grabbed the seat in front of me, and then, quickly let go, and regained my cool, as if nothing happened. My mom turned around, and laughed at me. So, I hope some of you got a nice little laugh outta this story. Nothing scary has really happened on any flight I've been on. My travels have been pretty good.
Radelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3 Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 9897 times:
MasseyBrown: I know what you are talking about! They sure make some strange noises.
I have had two "scary" flights. One was SAN>LHR on a BA 777. Flying over Kansas in the dark there were some serious thunderstorms below us. All of a sudden the pilot came on in a very serious manner and stated that planes in front of us are reporting very serious turbulence and that everyone, including flight attendants are to belt themselves in. Within 10 minutes all hell broke loose. Bins were coming down, people were screaming. The plane was getting bounced all over the place. We kept climbing and climbing trying to find smoother air (got to 42,000 feet). Eventually we cleared it but there was a mess from all the bins that opened. My buddy and I were in the last row and we were pretty snickered from drinking gin/tonics since the plane took off so we spent the time planing cards and pretending we were on a roller coaster, but there were some nervous people on that plane. The girl across the aisle from us was on her first flight and she was really crying. She honestly thought she was going to die.
Second "scary" story was when I flew LAX>LHR on a BA 744 right when Heathrow was having all the terrorist warnings and the tanks were all over the place. We took off the day after the group of "Arab" men were arrested around Heathrow for suspicous behavior. I was suppose to be traveling with one friend and my other friend and his wife. The friend & wife bowed out because they were scared of flying into Heathrow. I said sc*ew it if I die I die and went ahead and flew. I won't say I was scared but I definately was the most nervous I have ever been on a landing. I was just waiting to see a flash of flight and trail from somewhere in the woods around Heathrow...
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 7 Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 9859 times:
The only really scary moment I've had was actually last Monday, flying SEA-NRT. We were past Alaska out over the North Pacific when we smelled smoke. It turned out to be something an F/A had put in an oven (we were sitting right next to the galley) and it burned, but for a moment, man, I was thinking "this is a bad place to be...we might end up in one of those 'water landings'."
Did make me rethink the whole LROPS issue, that's for sure.
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3245 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9813 times:
I've had two scary experiences that I remember - maybe some others that I've forgotten too but one of the two scary ones pretty much crowds everything else out. (The other was not really a big deal and I'm surprised I remember it.)
Shortly after the AA DC-10 crash in Chicago (flight 191), after which all DC-10's were grounded and then recertified, I was flying from EWR-SFO (or maybe OAK) on a DC-10, alone, at 8 years old. This was December 1980. I already had a healthy fear of DC-10's, being that I was 8 and didn't know any better and was just going along with the general public's feeling at the time. So, shortly after takeoff, I hear screams from the opposite side of the plane - the right side. I look over there and while I can't see much, I can definitely see an alternating orange/blue glow. The airplane immediately levels out and power is reduced. Naturally, I immediately think of AA 191 and assume we're about to crash.
The captain comes over the PA and says something very close to the effect of "I'm sure some of you on the right side saw a little flash, and we've had a little engine fire out there so we're going to turn around, dump some fuel and land back at Newark. We should be on the ground in about 20 minutes." Of course, I don't believe him, and by this time I'm bawling my eyes out. I couldn't shake the idea that I was going to die alone, and just a kid. The rest of the passengers were in various states... some were calm, some others were crying, some were loudly moaning or otherwise showing audible discomfort. I think that obviously AA 191 and its aftermath was still on everybody's minds; engine fires are not really that uncommon but this was a DC-10 and it was just after takeoff and it was 1980.
Anyway, so eventually we start descending and naturally I assume we're in the process of crashing. You have no idea how amazing it was to see the lights of the airport suddenly come up out the window - I mean approaching EWR is just flying over houses and stuff, and it was at night, so for all I knew we were flying over downtown Trenton at that point and about to wake up an apartment building full of people. We had the full emergency procession chase after us down the runway, Airport '75 style (must have been about 20 fire engines and other vehicles), but otherwise the landing was pretty normal. Obviously a lot of applause afterwards, though.
Afterwards, United treated me and the one other child travelling alone on that flight like royalty. I sometimes wonder what they'd do in that case today. My mom (who'd dropped me off at the airport) had already gone home and gone to sleep and they couldn't reach her, but they managed to reach my dad (where I was going) who said to just put me on another flight if I didn't mind. After I got off the plane I felt fine so I said ok. Anyway, they had a guy who took us out for dinner and bought us big ice cream sundaes, then they put us in first class on the redeye flight. It was also a DC-10 but I figured, how likely is it that my second flight would crash after my first flight almost crashed? So I was ok on the second flight and enjoyed having all of first class to myself along with this little girl who was also travelling alone. We became quick friends on that flight and then never saw each other again - I sometimes wonder what ever happened to her (I don't even remember her name). I remember the stewardesses (as they were still called back then!) just went nuts on us, they gave us anything we wanted and even more... I was stuffed when I got off that plane! And I must have had about 12 cans of soda.
Second incident was very short but also involved a DC-10 a few years later - was just a hard landing that was bad enough that we had to be towed off the runway. I don't even know what happened - I never found out. I don't know if it was the brakes, or a tire that popped (seems likely) or what, but I know that we landed real hard with no flare that I could detect and then all the power went out. No air fans, no lights (except emergency lights), no nothing. It was weird; touchdown, then mostly darkness and total silence except for the engines, followed by a long sit at the end of the runway (or maybe on a turnoff). It was not really scary, just annoying because it was hot and it took a really long time to get us off the plane.
One quick comment, not sure why I found this particular story interesting but I think I'd have been pretty rattled by this too:
My third scary experience was on a flight from OKC-DEN on a UA 737. [snip stuff about the flaps being extended at cruise altitude] We landed at DEN with no problems, but something seemed out of order on that flight.
There probably was something out of order but it probably was no big deal. I would bet either a warning indicator went off in the cockpit or the flap indicators were obviously not working correctly and the pilots had to just visually check the operation of the flaps. They probably made preparations for either a no-flaps landing or a partial-flaps landing (e.g. no inboard, or no outboard), but sounds like they were able to land normally by your description, so it was most likely something simple like a blown fuse in the cockpit or a faulty indicator light.
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BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 18 Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9799 times:
When I was in my early teens, my family lived abroad and I attended boarding school in UK, flying (unaccompanied!) home for the school holidays. I remember a scary experience on a PIA 707 flying LHR to Rome that encountered severe turbulence over the Alps. The plane was shaking badly and the flight commander made an announcement to reassure the passengers that they were not in any danger. This reassured a few passengers until some members of the cabin crew got on their knees in the aisle and started to bow, praying to their Gods!
Another scary experience was on a Laker DC10, flying back from JFK shortly after the grounding of the DC10 had been lifted. The flight was progressing smoothly and all my worries about the DC10 had disappeared until suddenly the flight attendant announced, "Ladies and Gentlemen I am afraid we have an emergency!" What was it? was racing in my thoughts - faulty cargo door, faulty engine pylon or another problem that affected the DC10. My fear turned to anger when the flight attendant continued her announcement, "….I am afraid that we left the coffee behind at New York!"
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."