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Worst Landing In A Plane  
User currently offlineCaptainmatt From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 76 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

My worsta land was as a passenger on a El Al 747, from LAX to Tel Aviv, Nonstop. When we reach Tel Aviv the Pilot was too high and too fast and had to go around. The second time, he was too low and gased it to about take off power. We landed fist with our left main wheels and then the plane banked to the left, due to the plane being way off of centerline. Finally we made it through the bumpest land I have ever been on. My first time I landed a 172 wasn't as bad as this was.

Everybody applauded when we came to a stop, more out of happiness from making it through the landing.

One more note, there was no wind involved.


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User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2561 times:

I think the passengers on board this plane found the landing pretty bad!!

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User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

On more note:

I realize there were crosswinds in the picture above, but I just can't help but wonder what was going through the minds of the people on that flight.

User currently offline764er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

This past Thursday, I was on an ATA 752 EWR-MDW. The airline is bad enough as it is (that's another story), but the pilot slams down into MDW (understandably with the relatively short runways) and 2 of the ceiling panels over the main exits fall off. I was sitting in the exit row and it was right in front of me. Even the FA's were like "WTF?"

Nothing got broken and everyone walked away... but it was interesting.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

There is an old pilot's adage (maybe some can get the correct wording).

A good landing is one you can walk away from.
A great landing is one where you can use the plane again.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

My worst landing must have been on a Comair EMB-120 A week ago on a flight from MCO-FLL. The plane as soon as we landed started zigzagging on the runway, it definitely felt etremely weird.

Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlinePolAir From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

that is what i was going to say.

My worst would be WEA 734 from WAW to Alicante. We landed twice!! No wind involved either.

KLM 744 from AMS-JFK was bad too this one was in havy wind/rain. Two go arounds on this one.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

I'd like to see any of you guys do it better  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

As opposed, perhaps, to a landing outside an airplane?

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineAS737900 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Markair in I believe '91. I was 6th grade on a school trip to Anchorage. We were on a 732 landing in Sitka (6500' runway) and we seemed to be approaching a bit high then when we finally touched down, what seemed like halfway down the runway, the brakes were slammed on and full reverse was used while the overheads flew open...

User currently offlineFlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

Today I landed on a 3,600 ft runway.... was tight in the pattern because I screwed up the entry. Turning base, I was high and 15 knots fast. I said "I'm going around" and the instructor said "Nah... put the flaps down and enter a foward slip" I was like "Your crazy, but OK" so I dropped full flaps, put down about half way down, and stood on the brakes... We stopped about 5 ft from the end of the runway (probably because I added power for a go-around about 3/4ths the way down the runway, and the instructor pulled it back... that's the worst landing i've ever been in... the landing itself was a greaser, but it was the rollout/stop that made it bad. Durring the de-brief (this was my first x-country) the instructor said that the choice to go around was correct, and that he probably should have let me do it when we touched down... (I called "inbound for touch and go" on CTAF... I was prepped to do a touch and go, the instructor wanted full stop) I guess this was one of his lessons on what not to do (like the lesson in 35 knot winds (straight down the runway, but 35 knots none the less)).

User currently offlineRyefly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Piedmont Airlines 727 landing in Tampa. Strong cross wind just before touch down. The right wing dipped down and was close enough to the runway that I closed my eyes waiting for the crash. Then the plane jerked hard left and bang we bounced down three different times. Piedmont was a great airline, but they just loved to haul ass on approach.

Second worst was on a Delta 757 landing at RDU. I was in the back. He flared way to late, I saw it coming when I saw the runway quickly getting closer. I thought to myself, oh man this is gonna hurt,and wow was I right. We hit very hard. A few bins popped open. Then full brakes and full reverse. He hit the brakes so hard that I thought, well maybe there is something on the runway like a dear or something because we zig-zagged the whole way. We he pulled off the runway I figured it out. There was no more runway left.

I look back at both of them as a bad landings, but also great saves.

User currently offlineMikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

I watched a lifeflight B-212 land yesterday, it came in way too fast and bounced about 8 feet in the air the first time. I think it cracked a strut and that was about it. I also saw a C-210 come in one day without its gear down, talked to the pilot later and he said he "forgot".

User currently offlineHerbman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

It doesn't exist a "worst landing" Big grin.
It allways gives me a push if I have such a worst landing. But it is a personal question.


User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

all landings are good. The worst landings are ones that dont happen  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineMik From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

Air Malta A320. Night, heavy rain, heavy crosswind. The plane came in very fast, and then
touched down i felt the plane skipping 1 or 2 seconds over the runway, then the wheels
started to take the runway. I was pretty scared. Deplaning i saw the pilots laughing. I suppose
they like such landings.


User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

Let's call them "bad landings" then. I like how BDrules described them.
My worst experience: AMS KM B733 13Dec01 at night. We landed so hard that on of the aft galley panels came crashing down to the ground. The capt even decided to get the plane inspected. Fortunately no further damage done. I was on the forward jumpseat and after the impact I was so disoriented that I could not tell whether we were firmly on the ground or airborne again. So I was expecting the second bump. Then I heard the reversers and thanked God for a safe one.

User currently onlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1032 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

Well I had a bad landing and another, which really was excellent under the conditions the pilot was put through but it was sure scary for the passengers.

The first was on SIA A-340 coming in from Perth (9V-SJC). We were pretty low when we flew over the airport for the landing but somehow, we touched down halfway down runway 20L. The bang (yes it was a bang) was so distinctly felt, though no overhead bins opened, that some of the F/As actually gasped especially the one sitting right in front of me. Full brakes and full reverse that our tires were smoking when we parked at gate F59.

The second was on SIA B-777 going into Perth (9V-SRC). Everything looked normal until descending through 3,000ft and then we knew what was happening. All that happened to Tsentsan when he flew in a couple of days ago happened to us. The crosswinds were so strong the plane was rocking left and right. From the way the wing flapped up and down we could tell that the pilot was having trouble putting the plane down as once we were descending, the winds seemed to bring us down a little fast. But once he pulled up, we were climbing again. And then of course, he had to also concentrate on the lateral alignment of the plane with the runway so boy, must have been hell of a job for him. The actual touchdown was very smooth (nothing felt at all). My sister and everybody on the plane were so scared including the F/A, who later commented that she had NEVER experienced anything like that before on her 3 years of flying and that she was constantly looking out of the window to see if the plane was too low or too high or if it was close to hitting anything.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

Landing over the dike at Adak Alaska with a 45Kt tailwing in a 727....

User currently offlineVh-daq From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2001, 182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2235 times:

i was in a fokker 50 comming into canberra airport, australia.

the capt put it down hard and the brakes locked on the right wheel, cos it was a fokker50 i could see the wheel burst and sparks flying out all over the place, next out came the firetrucks etc and we were made to stop out of the apron. the capt then walked down and had a look out my window at the gear.

scary but exciting, you know what they say about flying, "hours of bordem interupted by seconds of shear terror"


User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 988 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2221 times:

for me, bad landings, if finish, become funny Big grin

in one of my first flights, in turkish B734 we landed in Istambul with very heavy crosswind, and I saw the plane going left and right, the wings flexing, very near buildings...it was funny, the crew did a very good job. (the FO was a Female)  Love

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

Rain, snow, crosswinds... I love it.


User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

With one exception, any of my landings in a Piper Twin Comanche. That aircraft deserves its bad reputation on landing. If you're fast it'll settle into ground effect and never go down.

Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineAirFranceJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

United Boeing 727 from Denver to Calgary. We were landing in YYC at night during a heaving storm. The plane shot out of the clouds so fast, had no idea of how low we were (less than 15 seconds from touch down). The plane landed so hard, the lights in the cabin went out for a second. We eventually skidded to the very end of the runway, with rull thrust reversers being applied.

I found out that this stuff happens all time. Sure glad YYC isnt a regular destination for me.

User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

Once coming into AMS in a 734 we had some really nasty winds..the plane was bouncing all over the place...we were bouncing around so much on aproach I was sure it was going to slam us...and It did...really hard...a bunch of overhead bins popped open and stuff fell out...Pilots did a commendable job of getting it down in one piece, though

25 Dford757 : The worst landing I have ever had was back in November of 2001 on a United 737-500 from DEN to MSP. The winds were calm (as reported from the tower),
26 HAJ_OW : Well the worst ones I had flown were my second and third solo on a ASK 13 glider. I flared much to high and the touch downs were terrible bumps! Landi
27 AFC_ajax00 : After the huge storm in Europe, in December 1999, My family and I were returning to CDG from AMS on a KLM 737-400, the plane did one G-O and the secon
28 Post contains images CPDC10-30 : I never really had any bad landings of my own when I was a glider pilot, even when landing in the wrong field it was still a good landing My worst com
29 Srbmod : My worst landing on a flight was on an AirTran flight from MSY to ATL about two years ago. Myself and a coworker and one of his friends had gone there
30 Post contains images Zionstrat : The worst and favorite landings I have ever enjoyed were strong cross wind landings- As a teenager, I got the front right seat on a Navaho into Nassau
31 Continental : My best landing (seriously) was me bringing a Cessna 172 into MSP, my first REAL ATC EXPERIENCE EVER!! Unfortunatly, there weren't a lot of planes the
32 Standby87 : A certain British carrier into Kai Tak in '89 on a 747-200. No particular reason, the weather was fine. But it was very heavy - all the oxygen masks c
33 Post contains images SixStarAnsett : Ansett B767-277, at Melbourne Victoria in January 1997. Not that it was a bad landing, quite smooth until touchdown {do 767s hit so hard?} but then th
34 Aamd11 : I have never had a particularly hairy landin, nothing as extreme as panels falling from the aircraft. But i have eperienced a few which for a second s
35 Illini_152 : No trike driver knows bad landings.... my first wheel landing in the Citabria was a humbling event. You know that diagram of negative dynamic stabilit
36 Cba : Mine was on a KLM 744, IAH-AMS. It was a foggy June morning, and we didn't see the runway until we hit it. We hit the clouds on approach, bumped aroun
37 Sophiemaltese : I've never had an eventful landing on an airliner. Why doesn't that stuff ever happen to me? I did hear an interesting story this weekend though about
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