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Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 4:25 pm

Just wondering what kind of stories you all have about turbulence you've flown through, what kind of plane it was, etc.?

Personally, flying on a CRJ from ONT-SLC back in 1996, pilot was avoiding some cumulus over Utah Lake / Provo on a summer afternoon and hit an air pocket of some sort during a bank. Jolt was so severe that it dropped the FA right on her backside. Yikes!

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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:23 pm

As far as I can remember I´ve never had a flight without turbulence...of course 90% of them have just been light or occasional bumps.
But there are three flights I´ll never forget.
First one was in 1986 after taking off from SDQ to MAD during a heavy tropical storm.
Aircraft was an Iberia DC10-30 (EC-DEA). It felt like we were riding on a rollercoaster. The big airplane seemed to be like a feather in the middle of strong winds. No one was hurt. Everyone was securely fastened to their seats. I remember the pilot telling us right before take off roll that we were going to have a really scary climb.
The second one was during a MIA-GUA flight back in 1997. Aircraft was an Aviateca B737-200 ( excellent service and a wonderful crew!!).
We had hit two ugly air pockets within the first 10 minutes of flight as there was a storm over MIA. Once we reached our cruising altitude the flight was smooth...until we hit some high clouds over Cancun. A few seconds before the Captain told the cabin crew to stop food and beverage service and to sit down and fasten their seat belts...that´s when I knew it was going to be hard, and it was. Turbulenece lasted for about 40 minutes, and we hit the largest air pockets I can remember. People were screaming and praying. A young girl had a nervous breakdown...and I promised myself that this was going to be my last flight, and it was, but only for a a few months..hehe. My love for flight was stronger than turbulence and fear, so when the third worst turbulenece I´ve had came, even though it was heavy, I just put on the headphones and listened to music. Turbulence was just the aircraft dancing to the rhythm of the music...hehehe. Delta flight 108 ATL-MAD oct 2001.
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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:30 pm

I've generally been quite lucky. But I can remember flying over the North Atlantic on a flight from ORD to LHR with BA in 1994 and almost falling over when I stood up.

More recently the approach to landing at Liverpool from Isle of Man in July was quite scary.
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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:10 pm

It would have to be onboard a JMC A320 (G-CVYG) back in 2000 LCA-BRS ... There were storms over alot of Europe which made the flight quite unsteady, it also added alot of time onto the flight as it took us 5hrs 10mins to get back as opposed to the 4hrs 07mins there ...
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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:18 pm


In this thread you can find some wild stories...

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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:26 pm

Last year, on our flight from MAN to SFB with Airtours International (MyTravel). We had just crossed the Atlantic and were approaching St. John's in Canada, we hit some really bad turbulence. I think it was the worst we ever experienced.

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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 9:10 pm

I can distinctly remember three different occasions in which it felt really bad:

June 2000, on a KL Fokker100, doing BHX-AMS, one quick jolt that emptied our cups fo coffee and the rest of the flight was quite unsteady and uncomfortable

September 2000, on a GA B744, from DPS-BKK to LGW, we hit about 30 minutes of bumpy ride while flying over THR and the Caspian Sea. We got no word from the pilot before, during or after the event! It felt gastly but what I remember most was that it felt like forever before it ended. It was clear and sunny, which in a way is more unsettling, since there is no 'visible enemy' to contend with and therefore no timeframe in your mind to say 'once we get past this cloud it will be ok'

June 2003, on an AA B777, from LAX to LHR, flying over Lake Manitoba. We had been warned by the pilot that we were to encounter about 15 minutes of unsteadiness, and we did! Funnily enough it was actually 15 minutes! It's been the first time I've heard people utter loud expressions of concern (read scream!). After that the flight went smoothly, but the fasten-seat-belt signs were never turned off until we landed.
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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Mon Aug 25, 2003 9:19 pm

In June 1993, at night in a thunderstorm over Java in a Garuda 737. Only time I thought that my flight would result in me appearing in a small article on page 4 of the Daily Telegraph "two Britons lost in air crash"

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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:01 am

I flew my AC11 (commander) a year ago from KISP to KGAI at nigth IFR,

crossing RBV VOR at 7000 feet i entered a cloud which resulted the plane to pitch up about 30-40 degrees. i disconnected the A/P and leveled the plane,
and for the next 2-3 minutes the plane kept being rocketed to the right and left quite hard. (30-40 degree bank)... that was my only exprience with real
modorate turb.
cockpit? it's that little room in the front of the plane where the pilots seat.. but that's not important now
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RE: Worst Turbulence You've Flown In?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:19 am

Been through a lot of rough rides, especially out of Denver climbing over the Rockies.

This happened twice recently, and I was really surprised how violent the bumps were. Both occasions were through wake turbulence caused by aircraft we were following. They were both at high altitudes, we were not in the approach patterns or landing. The first was behind a 757, 12 miles ahead, and the 2nd was behind a Korean Air MD-11. The turbulence did not last long, but the surprise was how violent, and the distance between the 2 aircraft.
Oh how I long for the day when the skies were truly Friendly!

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