Mischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3704 times:
Just wanted to share my horrorflight on SK903 to EWR yesterday. First of all the flight was over an hour late leaving ARN due to snow storm which lead to de-icing and having to wait before the runway was swiped clean. Anyway, the flight was very nice all the way till we hit the north-east coast of the American continent. I knew before that the wind was going to be strong but I had not expected what was to come. Approximately 1 hour before landing and with a headwind of nearly 250 km/h all hell broke lose. At first I thought that the turbulence was fun but soon enough it was clear from the sound of the vomiting and screams from other passengers that this was very moderate to severe turbulence. We were tossed from side to side, up and down and it felt like around and around. Lucky for us we had a nice Norwegian captain that almost all the time we were in the turbulence came on the PA and ensured us that we were not in any harm at all and that the airplane would tolerate much more than we humans do. That was comforting, a little anyway. The landing on 22 L was a masterpiece with very heavy crosswind, very fun indeed.
Well we landed safely and we got a cool visit in the cockpit afterwards. I will post pictures after my return on Tuesday.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3655 times:
I live in NJ, and my God, yesterday was one of the windiest days I've ever experienced. A HUGE tree crashed down across the street about two blocks awy from me, and it knocked over two telephone poles. We didn't have power for nearly 24 hours.
Considering this fact, I can totally understand how awful your landing must have been. To walk from the car to the front door of school yesterday, I literally had to bend over so that I didn't get blown over.
Clrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3533 times:
I live about 15 mins from MHT. The wind was such yesterday that it ripped
a tarp that I had spiked into the ground with 8" spikes, and sent it somewhere
I have yet to determine. I'm not sure I've ever seen wind like that in my 20+ years in New England.
Mischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3273 times:
Quoting Redngold (Reply 2): That's comforting to know that your pilot was on the P.A. It means he (she?) was confident enough with handling the aircraft to give reassurances to the passengers.
The cool thing was when I asked him afterwards who flew the plane during the most severe parts of the turbulence, him or the autopilot. I was surprised when he said that the autopilot took care of it and that the autopilot was much better at handling the turbulence than the human factor. Anyway the very cool thing about the landing was that on SK you could see the much crosswind it was because they have front mounted cameras for us passengers to view and oh my god, we came in sideways and touched down hard on the right wheels and it felt like they had quite a struggle to straighten us out. (not that the captain told us that, he told us it was very normal )
Mikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3212 times:
I flew from CDG to OSL in december, and for the first hour, it was turbulence all the time. Not very bad, but the FA had to stop serving from time to time. The capt came on the PA and gave a 6-7 minute lecture about turbulence. Very nice of him, and proably comforting for the scared passengers. I can not remember a captain doing this when I've been flying before. This was a BUSK flight, with SK plane and BU pilots.