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Your Experiences Of Heavy Landings  
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Posted (15 years 6 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

In the many flights i have made i have had some memorable heavy landings, some not even in Turbulence or crosswinds.

Here are the most memorable:

KLM Fokker 50: Landing at BRS in Heavy crosswinds we hit the runway hard on one side before leaping back into the air and finally making another albeit smoother touchdown.

BA B737-200: Landing at Toulouse after a hop over the channel down to the south of France. In the middle of a Summer thunderstorm we got bashed around a bit and it felt like we hardly flared and landed on the main undercarriage and nosewheel at the same time.

Dan air bae146: After a flight from MAN we were arriving at AMS, not particularly windy or in bad weather we descended quickly into Schiphol, before making a rushed landing on the main runway (kaagbaan), hit very hard and made various overhead bins open up.

BA hs748: On a commuter flight from LHR to Copenhagen we approached in high winds, the pilot had to go around 3 times because he could not line up. Eventually we landed at a crab angle, with the aircraft being tossed to the left because of the immediate use of the Rudder by the pilot to straighten us out. A very fun landing.

What experience's have you had?


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User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

1982 - DC-9-30 (C-9) military medivac flight from Clark Air Base, Philippines to HKG (Kai Tak). Heavy wind landing accompanied with an apology from the pilot; he said "We'll try again on the way back!"

1996 - Vanguard 737-200 DEN-SLC (Now an extinct route). Heavy storms in Salt Lake City. Heavy wind landing at night

2001 - ATA 727-200 Midway to DCA. Landed about halfway down the runway. . .hard. Applied full reverse and brakes. . .it felt like we stopped on a dime.


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User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

WN flight 27 from HOU-DAL, no bad weather or anything, just one terrible hard landing.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

1990 Aeroflot Tu-154, Moscow Scheremetzevo II.
Aircraft swirved left and right of glideslope seemingly erratically. bounced hard several times before settling down.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 1032 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2738 times:

Mine was on a Singapore Airlines A340-300, 9V-SJC, coming back from Perth as SQ224. We came quite low during our approach and the pilot pulled quite hard on the stick to slow our descent rate. We landed some halfway down the 4000m runway 20L and it was not a normal firm bump but a drop onto the runway. Full reverse and brakes we came to a stop right at the end of runway 20L. It really went 'boomp' and all of us were quite shocked literally. Weather was not good in any case.

User currently offlineAeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

I can remember one landing I think at CMH after a short hop over from Dayton coming back from Orlando. My mom told me it was very turbulent, she was just pregnant with my little brother.

User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

February 1998: B767 AIH, Very hard landing into Manchester at 4am, loads of overhead bins opened and we slammed down onto the runway so hard and had to use full reverse thrusts. The pilot warned us of heavy snow showers just before we landed, just to give us that bit of reassurance!

Take a ride...fly across the sky
User currently offlineAirliners From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

Hi, well I can only really remember one heavy landing - that was at the end of a flight from London Gatwick - Orlando on Britannia Airways. After we hit down hard and bounced the captain came on the loudspeaker and anounced - "Ladies and gentlemen sorry if that hard landing was a bit unexpected but please put your hands together to (a name) for bringing us down saftely on his first ever commercial landing"!! That was more unexpected than the landing itsefe!! Im glad he told us that after we had come down.


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

I've only had nice landings, don't know if I think that it's good or bad.


Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

On an SAA B747-200 from JNB-SIN in 1995. The landing was so hard that the whole plane was rattling and alot of overhead compartments unlatched. You could really hear the brakes, as there was hard braking also.


User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2614 times:

I landed at Newark about two weeks ago on a Continental Boeing 767-400 from Paris/CDG and
we slammed hard onto the runway (at least it
seemed that way....hard to tell with such a
long aircraft). It wasn't a graceful, elegant
landing and the overhead bins popped open in
several parts of the cabin.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

The only one I can remember happened in January of this year. I was on a Delta 767 heavy, Northwest, from Detroit to Atlanta. Weather was not raining, but broken overcast and a bit windy. Not a real rough ride so I was quite surprised at the landing.

We landed on runway 8L at ATL and we just SLAMMED down on the runway very hard. I had caught a cold while in Detroit and that landing really increased my headache.

When we reached the gate, this jet was scheduled to pick up more pax and head on to MIA but they announced that anyone going to MIA was now going to be on a different jet at another gate.

After I got off, I looked out the window and saw some mechanics examining the main gear bogeys. It was so hard that i think we broke something.

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

BA B11-400, G-AWBL, LHR-JER. After 2 attempts to land in JER due to heavy fog, the captain announced "one more attempt or else we'll divert to GCY". Everyone wished he had. Aircraft hit runway sideways, bounced back in the air, hit the ground again slightly straighter, then bounced up a 2nd time before coming down and straightening out.

NZ 747-200, ZK-NBX, SYD-AKL. Aircraft came in too high. When rear tires finally hit the runway, the brakes/reverse thrust was applied with so much force that all the overhead bins opened and all personal effects spilled everywhere.

BI 767-300, V8-RBF, DRW-BNE. To this day, still don't know what went wrong. Seemed as though the nose wheel hit the ground 2 seconds after the main gear. Even the cabin crew screamed out, "what was THAT?"

EK 777-200 A6-EMI. DXB-SIN. Cabin depressurised at 40,000 feet. Immediate dive to 10,000 feet with oxygen masks on. They say your life flashes before your eyes- it doesn't.


User currently offlineKeith1517 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

The only one I can remember was about six years ago. I was flying USAir Express (before they changed, obviously) from Charlotte to Kinston, NC. We were in a Gulfstream turboprop, I'm not sure of the type, it was the 19? passenger model. Anyway, the flight itself was pretty rocky, not much turbulence just an abnormal amount of yaw the entire flight. When we got into Kinston, it seems as if the aircraft just quit flying. We bounced at least twice. I honestly thought that maybe the pilot was getting a little trap time in (ala carrier quals). Anyway, I know it is a preposterous idea, but the landing was very rough.

User currently offlineBenny B From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

767 landings are traditionally hard due to the main gear hanging forward rather than backward.

My hardest landing ever was on an Air Pacific 767-300ER a few years back at Sydney returning from Fiji. Landing was on 16R and they brought it in very quick, as we were delayed by 2 hours. They slammed the plane onto the runway and everthing rattled and creaked and groaned. No overhead bins popped open though. We must have been going pretty fast or came in too high, because there was a lot of reverse thrust used and very heavy braking, which is surprising because 16R is the longest runway at SYD so he would have plenty of room. The flare was pretty high and then he slammed the nose down, fantastic! I love hard landings.

Benny B

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

Last summer, Spanair MD83 PMI-NCL approaching NCL 3 hours late @:2am in the morning, raining hard, low cloud cover, runway just came out of nowhere and we landed HARD, and I mean hard. Enjoyed that a lot.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineTurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

The most memorable was landing at LGB from PHX in January of 98. We were on a America West 737-300 approaching Long Beach in low clouds and drizzle. We hit the runway hard and fast, while the cabin shrieked, and then hit it again slower and slicker as the roar of the thrust reverse filled my ears. It was fun!


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