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How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:18 am

I remember flying a small B737-200 from Guilin-Xi'an in June 2002. Most of you probably know that when you're landing (and you have a window seat), you can see the ground getting closer and closer, and eventually you can see the wing's reflection on the runway, and the plane usually glides down. Right? Well, not in this case  Smile-(). The plane descended very erradically, gliding then dropping a LOT...so, right before landing, the plane flew pretty steady...then the plane dropped hard onto the runway and my rear hurt like nothing I had ever felt before...YIKES! I wasn't expecting such an abrupt landing!
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RE: How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:22 am

I think the worst ever landing was that AA DC-6 that crashed in Ohio back in the mid-50s. It litterally nose-dived into the ground, and they estimate it may have gone supersonic, tearing the wings off.

Oh! You meant landings where people survived!


Actually, my worst landing was on a DL 722 at ATL. We hit very hard. The decent had some of the worst turbulence I've ever been through.
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RE: How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:24 am

By far the absolute worst was landing in Mumbai (BOM). It felt like there was sections of the runway missing or actually kinda like driving on I-94 in Detroit as a matter of fact!! The runway is in poor shape to say the least. It is smoother with a 747-400 as opposed to the DC-10, but wow!
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RE: How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:29 am

I think it was in 1993 on a Usairways Shorts-330 (I think). I was flying from Pittsburgh to Clarksburg, West Virginia. I took one look at that plane before I got on and I was not sure it would be able to fly just by the looks of it. As we were landing we came in just over a forest, and I thought that we were going to hit the trees because of the way the airplane flew.

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RE: How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 11:49 am

My worst landing was about 3 years ago on a Vanguard 732 into Midway. The pilot never flared, he flew the same glideslope right into the ground. It was like he was a Navy pilot landing on a carrier. I have flown as a commercial passenger for over 40 years and have never had a landing that hard.
Needless to say, the cockpit door was "closed" when we deplaned.
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RE: How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 11:53 am

Well, the worst landing I've ever experienced was in my rented Cessna 172N at MBO (Madison, MS). You know, the usual - landed too hard, crooked, and off-center. I used to really suck at landing, but I've gotten better in the last few months.

The worst runway I've ever landed on was 0M8 (Lake Providence, LA). Airnav.com described its runway as "in poor condition," with the comment "cracked with grass growing in cracks." It turns out that about a third of the runway at one end was more grass than pavement, and some of the grass was tall enough to reach the prop. While not necessarily a bad thing, it did slow me down, and with only 3200 feet to make a touch and go, I was cutting it a bit close.

On a commercial flight, the hardest landing was DL155, JFK-CVG on June 3, 2003 (DL 767-300ER, originated in VCE). After landing, the pilot said over the PA that the computer landed the plane, which is why it was not as soft as usual - I guess he had to clear his name so he wouldn't get any comments from the passengers about it!  Laugh out loud But hey, I've done worse...
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RE: How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:21 pm

My worst experienced landing (aside from my own flight training) is also my most favorite.

It was on the way back from India in 1993, I was 15. I was on SQ 2 (Singapore Airlines from SIN to SFO via HKG in a 747-400). About an hour prior to approach in HKG (Kai Tak) we were advised there was remnants of a typhoon hitting the area. Winds were sustained 40-60 knots with gusts up to 80 knots.

There was moderate turbulence as the aircraft flew the IGS 13 approach. The plane would drop and rise with the shifting winds. I was glad my seat belt was on tight. Having the city below us made for an interesting ride. Most of the passengers would gasp as we made a sinuous descent, with the buildings below appearing closer and closer each time.

When the aircraft began to make the famous right turn, it dropped again. It spooked everyone. After "aligning" with the runway the aircraft descended steadily until a gust threw us off-kilter. When the gust died, we dropped faster than expected and *THUD* we "landed" while drifting from side-to-side. Everyone applauded. I think the pilots did a wonderful job considering the circumstances.

Such moments cement my love of flying.
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RE: How Did You Feel After Your Worst Landing?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:25 pm

Kuwait airways A340-300 to Heca....Beautiful day. The pilot had to do 3 go arounds for some reason but I know all the people around me started to through up including my self. the last attempt did involve a very hard drop which had some ladys scream and kids cry for a long time.

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