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Flying On Friday 13th?  
User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5793 times:

Hi Folks,

I'm flying SYD to AKL next Friday (with EK 418 777-300) - the 13th! A few of my silly mates have suggested that I ask the Airliners.net bretheren, if there has ever been an 'accident/incident' on a "Friday 13th".

I'm not in the least supersticious - but am wondering all the same. Be interested in any info.

Cheers

John

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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12144 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5780 times:
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What happens to airlines and flights in countrys where 13 is an unlucky number?

User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5774 times:

You tell me??? is there something cryptic in your comment 777ER?? -i am an Aucklander - lol - that could be "anywhere" these days  Smile

John


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5771 times:
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I remember some SAA aircraft not having a row 13.


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5768 times:

Hey Andz - i was talking about dates - not rows  Smile

Just interested to know if any of the history buffs out there can attach anything to a "Friday 13th" - lets call it trivia?

J


User currently offlineNooner1972 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5766 times:

Well lets hope not, flying out Friday morning out of LAX to ORD. I think I'm row 13 though.....DOH!

User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5760 times:

Just swing a black cat around by the tail 3 times before the flight, and you'll be fine... just make sure that it's not mine, cuz' she's got some claws that will do some damage, and you'd be surprised with a cat's ablility to overcome centrifugal (or centripetal for some of you nerds out there) force with those back muscles.

You could also do a Huck Finn and stick your thumb in some stump water beforehand.

In all honesty, though, I don't think that you have anything to worry about, statistically speaking.



We can agree to disagree.
User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

oops - sorri to drag u into this Nooner1972 - don't worry about a thing! I said to my silly friends "if they were that worried about flying on Friday 13th - there wouldn't be anyone making any flights".... Haa - imagine if every flight crew refused to work  Smile  Smile  Smile

J


User currently offlineFocus From Israel, joined Feb 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5729 times:

I flew CO TLV-EWR on Friday the 13th.

Plane was half empty, I had a row all to myself, and this was by far my best TLV-NYC flight ever...

--Focus


User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5708 times:

i'm sorta hoping for the same situation. Imagine having a whole 777-3 all to yourself  Smile

J


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5681 times:

Complete list of airline accidents that have occurred on Friday 13th:

13 May 1959 / Transportes Aereos Peruanas /Curtiss C-46/Toumavista, Peru 12:12
13 November 1966/All Nippon Airways/NAMC YS-11/Matsuyama, Japan 50:50
13 October 1972 /Aeroflot/Ilyushin IL-14/Krasnaya Polyana, USSR 174:174
13 October 1972 /TAMU/Fairchild FH-227D /San Fernando, Chile 29:45
13 July 1973/Delta Air Lines/McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31/Boston, Massachusetts, USA 89:89
13 August 2004/Air Tahoma (DHL)/Convair CV-580/Hebron, Kentucky, USA/1:2

Only 6 in total, certainly statistically no more than any other day!

Even if you're talking of days of the month (i.e. the 13th whether a Friday or not) it's statistically one of the safest months:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/noelmg/Book1_13547_image001.gif

Statistically, the 8th is the worst day of the month, with the 20th, 7th and 13th being the safest!

Cheers,
Noel

[Edited 2006-01-08 12:26:15]

User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5644 times:

Quoting Focus (Reply 8):
I flew CO TLV-EWR on Friday the 13th.

Plane was half empty, I had a row all to myself, and this was by far my best TLV-NYC flight ever...

--Focus

Funny you should say that, I flew LGW-EWR-SEA-ANC on last 13th May and the LGW-EWR flight was almost empty. I also had a row of 9 seats to myself (not that I need that many), the crew used their extra down time to chat to pax, the weather was great meaning I got an excellent view on manhattan on approach - I'd say it was the perfect flight. People must have been conciously avoiding flying that day because LGW-EWR on a friday is usually petty busy.



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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5635 times:

I flew PMI-DUS on Friday the 13th with a LTU A330
The flight was almost empty although the outward flight from DUS was completely full (it also was high densitiy season in summer).
Anyway you could sit wherever you want and it was a great flight.
The F/A didn't want to admit that the plane was empty because of Friday the 13th but i bet it was because people booked their returns for another flight.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5626 times:
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Quoting KiwiTEAL (Reply 4):
Hey Andz - i was talking about dates - not rows



Quoting 777ER (Reply 1):
What happens to airlines and flights in countrys where 13 is an unlucky number?

I was responding to that question. No mention of dates there.

Edited to note that this is reply number 13  Smile

[Edited 2006-01-08 12:57:22]


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5610 times:

Last May we had a Friday 13th and I was flying home from the Greek Island of Skiathos. The aircraft was delayed 6 hours then cancelled. The airline, Excel, re-routed an aircraft bound for Mykonos which was half empty (coincidence?) and it made a stop to pick us up in Skiathos. We then continued on to Mykonos, dropped some people off and then headed back to MAN.

Useless!



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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3239 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

Quoting KiwiTEAL (Thread starter):
I'm flying SYD to AKL next Friday (with EK 418 777-300) - the 13th!

I'm also flying this Friday, BOS-YYZ-LHR on AC. Safe flying! I'm also hoping for a half-empty plane!

Safe flying,

Tony



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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6914 posts, RR: 63
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 3):
I remember some SAA aircraft not having a row 13.

I think very few airlines (any?) have a Row #13 and many hotels have no thirteenth floor.

BUT

I was born on Friday the 13th. As it happens, this very Friday coming when I'll be - gulp - 50.  wideeyed 

So I won't hear a bad word against it!


User currently offlineDJ738 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5559 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 1):
What happens to airlines and flights in countrys where 13 is an unlucky number?

I'm operating to BNE and back this coming Friday the 13th, so I won't have any of this unlucky talk at all, thank you very much!  Wink


User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5553 times:

Im travelling LHR - SFO on BA on the 13th to!! Someone suggested to me as well that it was unlucky, fool! haha  hyper 

BP777



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13111 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5544 times:

I would be more worried about the weather on the day of my flight, especially thunderstorms in the summer and snow/ice in the winter. They are more realistic risk factors than any supersisious phobias of a given day. Weather, along with misjudgments by pilots and ATC, is something as we all well saw last year in Toronto and Peru and in many other situations that contributed to major crashes.
Yes, we may notice more crazyness on "Friday the 13th", or nights where a visible full moon, but that is probably due to hightened awareness from the prevelance of superstisions. I am quite sure in some areas of Asia for example, there are days with numbers that themselves or with other number factors that are considered unlucky and would discourage one from flying our of superstition.
I would suggest that since 9/11 there are phobias as to people flying to/from or around the USA on and about September 11th.


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

My father and I are either flying RIC-ATL-SFO, or RIC-ATL-OAK on Friday the 13th. My oldest brother is flying LAX-OAK, and my other brother is flying CMH-CVG-SFO or CMH-SLC-OAK. I'm the least superstitious person, I don't care.


The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3523 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5506 times:

I have flown on Friday the 13th and was never scared a bit about the flight.


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User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 21):
I have flown on Friday the 13th and was never scared a bit about the flight.

Not even with that black cat sitting in the row in front of you and the ladder that you had to walk under on the way to the jetway?  Wink



We can agree to disagree.
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5276 times:
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Well a sudden business trip came up and I will be flying CPT-JNB tomorrow, Friday 13th! And I noticed on the trip down yesterday that the 738 had no row 13  Smile


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3239 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5190 times:

Gee, we survived!!!!!

 bigthumbsup 

Tony



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25 BritPilot777 : Well heres living proof that flight on Friday 13th is fine, got into San Francisco from Heathrow without a glitch! BP777
26 Post contains images COFreqFlyer : I did LAX-IAH-AUS yesterday (13Jan06), only problem was the IAH-AUS was delayed due to late arrival of equipment LGA-IAH. It's all LGA's fault.
27 Iflyatldl : I've flown friday the 13th a couple of times and never gave it much thought. It was kind of strange to fly a year to the day, Sept 11th '02. ATL-BOS-Y
28 Atrude777 : Someone mentioned the 8th was the most dangerous, ironically enough thats when that SWA flight went off the runway at MDW, Weird coincedence heh? Alex
29 Rdwootty : It is, of course, a GREAT day to go standby!!
30 HAWK21M : What do the Stats say.Is there a drop in loads. regds MEL
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