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Has Anyone Ever Had A "close Call"?  
User currently offlineDarrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5093 times:

I was just wondering if anyone has ever had a "close call" with an aviation disaster. Such as missing a flight, only to find out later it crashed, or being on a plane that crashed some time later. An Alaska Airlines 727 crashed into a mountain near Juneau on April 9th, 1971. My Dad had a ticket for that flight. He was planning on flying from SEA to Cordova, Alaska, but he over-slept and missed his flight. He still has his original ticket, in a frame on his desk. On Dec. 12th, 1985 an Arrow Air DC-8 crashed in Gander, Canada killing 256 people. I had flown on that same aircraft in June 1985 from Norfolk, VA to Catania, Sicily, via Bangor, ME. Has anyone else ever had any close calls? I'm sure this has been discussed in the past, but I've never seen it posted here. Then again, I don't check in every day.

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User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5059 times:

My family and I were scheduled on TWA 800 because the travel agent screwed up our flying dates. He rescheduled us on AF instead the day after (which was when we were supposed to leave) The freaky thing is the day of the disaster (before it occured) I said something along the lines of "If we flew TWA, we would end up in the ocean." A few hours later, guess what came on the news. I am still a little freaked out by that.

Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5042 times:

I had a guy that was a volunteer on our 11am flight from ord to pit and we put him on us427 to pit......my coworker walked him to the walk way between term 1 and term2 as he had never been to ord before....still get the goose bumps when i hear about that flight..........

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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5000 times:

One of my cousins -- dad's brother's daughter -- was ticketed on (if I remember correctly) AA11 on 9/11/2001 but for whatever reason -- I think she had decided to spend an extra day in Boston, but am not 100% sure -- she missed that flight.

Kinda scary to think about that.


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4968 times:

I was booked, and ticketed, on this flight...


... in which all 123 persons aboard died when the plane crashed into a mountain during approach into Arequipa.

But I, together with two others, cancelled about one or two weeks before we were supposed to fly to South America, because the whole ground arrangement (specifically a tour to Cuzco) had increased in price quite dramatically.

Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineFlick70 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4965 times:

Well, I don't know if this qualifies as a "close call", but on a recent trip from ORD to OMA on American Eagle, on final approach we sped up and over-flew the runway. After our go-round it was announced that the landing gear would not go down....but the crew was able to lower it after the fly-by.

After the announcement of what happened, the cabin was somewhat tense, but relaxed. Of course, the obligitory clapping happened on landing.

/// Braniff - We Get You There In Flying Colors /// (until Putnam got ahold of us)
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4920 times:

Not on a disaster bound flight but while flying into LVK we were cleared into 25R and were told to call 2 mile. At 2 Miles we called our 2 mile and were cleared by the controller to land and to make a quick exit. We decided to touchdown further down the runway just in case the controller needed us to go around and that if we did land making an exit wouldn't be an issue. We passed over the numbers and were still a bit high. We were about equal to the numbers on 25L when I started my flare.

At that time the controller who originally cleared us in and instructed us to make a speedy exit came over the radio frantic as hell. She instructed us to go-around and that she wanted to meet with us after we were on the ground. Fearing that I had caused something big I agreed and let my instructor take over. We departed and soon after arrived back on 25L where we exited and made our way to the visitors parking. After we tied the a/c down we were met with the controller and the manager for the local FBO (I don't know why) and we made our way to a table. She told us that we had violated her instructions by proceeding to land without calling our position.

At that time we had told her that we called our two mile and were confirmed cleared into 25R. At that time another pilot entered the room and sat next to us. He chatted for a while. To make an already long story short, we were indeed correct in that we had control of the runway (we had priority use) and did call our 2 mile. It seems that somehow or another the controller forgot that she had cleared us into the runway and had cleared another aircraft to taxi onto the active and depart. We went around and the pilot whom was the man who entered the room was also the pilot who frantically rejected his take-off.

Why my instructor, the pilot on the ground, the controller, or even I didn't pick up her mistakes is beyond me. I guess that both my instructor and I felt that she had cleared the a/c into position but to hold so didn't think a thing about it. The pilot on the ground also questioned it but felt that b/c we were as high as we were that we were heading for the left. I have a feeling the controller was fired b/c in the past year (it happened in Jan. of 04') I haven't heard that woman in the tower.

It was a close call that could have turned out a whole lot worse. In the end we all made up and kissed all the proper butts. We then headed for a good lunch at the local golf course just a short walk down the road. To add even more crap to a nerve racking day when we tried to depart again our battery failed and needed to wait another hour to get a jump.

Glad all of you are safe.



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

My sister and her family lived in Saudi, and came back to the US to visit. They had a policy of flying non-US carriers, to avoid possible problems with terrorists. They were on their leg AMS-JFK on KLM when Pan Am 103 went down near Lockerbie. My parents didn't know they were on KLM, and were holding a wake when they got a call from Becky, who hadn't heard of the disaster. "Hello, Mom." "Becky!! You're alive!!"

User currently offlineKITH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4682 times:

My father was scheduled to fly PIT-PBI (the continuation of US 427 from PIT). We we're already in PBI and he was coming down a few days later to spend the rest of the week with us. I still am thankful that the plane didn't crash on the he PIT-PBI leg. My heart goes out to those and their families on the ORD-PIT leg on US 427.-Matt in KITH

User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4618 times:

I have never really had a true close call, but I flew Valujet flight 594 MIA-ATL in March of 1996.
I know it was 592 that crashed in May of 1996, but I kept thinking what if Sabretech had shipped oxygen generators on my flight too?

I have had two emergency landings for loss of primary hydraulics.
GF A-340 BAH-LHR (plane landed safely in LHR, towed to gate)
CO DC-10 IAH-ORY (plane landed in EWR, fixed, and flight resumed)

You are now free to be sexually harassed and then terminated for filing a complaint--Southwest Airlines to me.
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

Strange that someone has already mentioned Pan Am 103. I have a cousin who was desperately trying to book a seat on that plane to go and visit friends in New Hampshire for Christmas, but as she had just graduated, couldn't afford any of the fares she was offered to fly on that fateful flight.

She caught another cheaper flight on the Christmas Eve, and is now eternally grateful for having been a poor graduate.

Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineTgrant From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4560 times:

September 1998, I receive a call from a client. She was at JFK going to Geneva and forgot to make a reservation for car rental upon arrival. I booked her a car, we chatted a bit about the weather in New York and about her meeting up with her husband in Geneva. She boarded Swiss Air 111. It crashed in the Atlantic taking all 229 lives. She was so full of life energy and so full of plans for future. Do we really have not a slightest premonition about our own end?
I had a very eerie feeling that I was probably the last person she talked to before dying. Very eerie...

User currently offlineTomys From Czech Republic, joined Mar 2005, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4537 times:

From my side it is not a 'cloce call' story but when I was travelling from PRG to Tokyo via CDG, I was too late on gate at CDG (13:20 departure, I was there on 13:14, flight was cancelled for me on 13:11) and I missed this flight. I had already my baggage on board together with two colleagues of mine.

AF gave me another flight ten hours later, however (and I am not superstitious but rather woozy by all of National Geographic Aircrash Investigations) I was all the time worried should their plane not crash, it will be me  Smile

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