...about two years ago, I was deadheading -(for those of you who don´t work in the industry, when a Flightcrew is flying as passengers to or from their assigned port of departure/arrival to their homebase, is called deadheading)-
on a LH
On final approach to BRU
, with the gear already down, we encountered wake turbulence from a widebody ahead of us!
We first felt a hard jolt and then the a/c made a 180 degree turn to the right and then to the left!
I was in a window seat on the right hand side and when we first turned right I could see the ground, while on the other side just the blue sky was visible and the force of the sudden turn pushed my head against the cabin wall pretty hard!
I don´t know why, but I immediately thought about USAir flight 427 which crashed in PIT
while on final approach back in 1994!
I thought the flight crew will lose control, and the same fate would happen to us! Because we were so close to the ground!!!
I was seated next to a fellow flight attendant, whom I´ve just got to know at sign in that day two hours ago, and both of us immediately grabbed each others hand! (we found that quite funny afterwards)!
Thank god, a minute later we safely touched the ground in BRU
I felt such a relief!!!
To be honest I was scared to death, and I bet so was everybody else on the flight!
I was never afraid of flying and I never will, but believe my I never felt this way before or after this experience!
We later left the airport for the hotel together with the operating flight crew and they told us, that indeed it´s been pretty close!
Well, to all of you who travel by air, please be safe in the skies!!!