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Turbulence-experiences with it

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:36 am

What's your personal WORST experience of turbulence? Where were u flying over? What time of year was it? What aircraft were you on? How long did it last?
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:44 am

Must have been on final at OSL. I was riding jumpseat in a WF Dash 8, and it was shaking so bad they had to slow down way more than usual, and the whole instrument panel was shaking up and down. You could see how it isn't fastened directly to the hull, but with suspension instead. I guess a few people puked in the back  Smile
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:47 am

My was on a domestic flight with a Lufthansa B 737 from DUS to HAM. It was a winter day in 1993 and there was a very strong wind around the HAM area. Well pilot had to go around three times cuz of the turbulences before he finally was able to land safely on the ground.

Second one was on a United flight from IAD to FRA, just before the Irish Coast. Plane was a B 747 and we had very strong turbulenves for about 10 minutes.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:47 am

Well, the one that I actually really noticed was flying out of FRA towards DFW on an AA 763: 5 minutes out of FRA, right in the middle of the usual announcements about films, meals, etc. there was a really big jolt - actually surprised everyone, including the F/As, that much that the F/A restarted the whole announcement...

Another time was on an SAA 743 on the way from JNB to FRA, although I slept through that one: I was just really surprised when I woke up in the morning and the whole cabin, and most other passengers, was/were a complete mess... but since I had helped the F/As before departing JNB by making an anouncement in German (all German-speaking F/As were outside and helping with the boarding process), they kept the two seats next to me empty by moving the two pax booked there somewhere else - so I had just about the only two free seats in Economy next to me and was able to strech out and sleep quite nicely for the night... Big grin
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:49 am

On Finnair's MD-11 flying HEL-JFK over north atlantic. A couple of F/As fell in the aisle, before captain went on PA and talked for few minutes in Finnish, inserting the word "turbulencia" every now and then. A short message in English that followed was "we're experiencing moderate turbulence, please remain seated and keep your seat belts fastened"
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:57 am

On my way down to ATL on a DL727 about 8 years ago. We were in and out of weather the whole flight, typical East Coast spring storms. The seat belt sign had just gone off and I got up to go to the bathroom. On my way back we hit an air pocket and i felt and noticed the whole cabin lunge to the right. I lost balance and fell on some seats, before stabilizing myself. It was like a fun house trying to get back to my seat and when I made it I buckled in. The captain apologized many times for turning the sign off so soon.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:59 am

I experienced the worst turbulences during a snowstorm while flying from FRA to DUS on LH in December of 2001, the plane was an A 320 (D-AIPS). The flight time between both cities is approximately 30 minutes, so the plane did not fly in a high altitude but directly through the snowstorm. Actually I like (light) turbulences but on that day I was happy when the plane touched down on runway 23R.

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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 5:29 am

Working HKG-ORD on UA's 744 in the Spring of 2000 about an hour out of HKG going North the Captain announced "Flight Attendants be seated Immediately". We hit the deck as we're trained. I was in Economy with a beverage cart so I grabbed the coffee pot on top and took it to the floor with me so it wouldn't splash and scald a passenger. It lasted for about 30 minutes and was bad enough to lift me off the floor a few times. The passengers honestly didn't seem to notice! Weird!

Working ORD-LHR on UA's 744 Summer of 2000 about 30 minutes out over the Great Lakes we hit Jet Wash from another aircraft and it dropped me and two other flight attendants to the floor. It was like the whole plane just jumped up four feet. The passengers looked totally freaked! It was hilarious! They saw us standing, then the next minute we were on the floor. We all had to just smile and say "Oh, this happens all the time!" Ya right! No harm done though!

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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 5:53 am

2nd December 2003. Tamworth to Armidale on a Fairchild/Swearingen Metro III with sunshine express the aircraft rego was VH-SEZ.
Took off into a dark stormy sky and due to the flight being only 15 minutes, we could not get high enough to try to avoid the obvious. It was the roughest 15 minutes of my life by far. In a nutshell we were just a fast moving ping pong ball getting thrown around by the severe weather.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:10 am

I've had many bumpy flights as a passenger, but two in particular come to mind, both involving thunderstorms. The most terrifying was on approach to JNB in an SAA 737-800, after an otherwise uneventful flight from CPT. It was late afternoon, and as we descended the clouds got darker and darker, and the air got rougher and rougher (I think the captain had asked the F/As to be seated earlier than usual for landing, since everyone was safely belted in as I recall), until finally it almost looked like night outside, the clouds were so thick you could barely see the winglets, and we were being jolted all over the place like nothing I've experienced before or since. In particular, I remember being slammed violently from side to side more than usual. Finally, we broke out under the clouds, with jagged lightning bolts all around, and had a relatively normal landing. That was the only time I'd ever actually applauded on touchdown.

More recenly, just after takeoff from MEX in an AM MD-80, we were climbing through the clouds when suddenly the captain said, very abruptly in Spanish, "fasten seatbelts." I knew this wasn't a good sign since the seatbelt sign was already on, and the F/As hadn't even stood up yet! Sure enough, a moment later I heard the engines throttled way back, and then we were being shaken all over the place--including a couple of very sharp drops that seemed to leave my stomach somewhere between my ears--for a few very long minutes before continuing on our way to SJD.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:30 am

I have actually had 3 bad ones

1. Braniff 727 DFW-MIA, it was overcast and I did not know there were Thunderstorms east and south of DFW. We climbed in to a thick overcast which was not turbulent - then we were in the clear and I could see blue skies to the north - just then we entered an area of CB's and we got slammed for about 15 minutes. The pilot joked later on the intercom that he could see "white caps" in his coffee.

2. Western Airlines 727 LAX-RNO, I remember it was November and it was snowing near RNO. On approach we hit some severe up and down drafts (typical for RNO). I was holding on to the seat on front of me because the seat belt was not "stabilizing" me!

3. The grandaddy of them all, Delta L-1011 Ship 724 LAX-MCO - Dec 26, 1995. We were at FL350 and there was a thin layer of clouds below us. I remember Little Richard was on the flight. I was sitting with my son in the last row of coach by the window. I was looking out the windows and I noticed that the overcast below was ending and the weather was clear blue skies east of the overcast. It was like someone used a knife it was a straight line in the clouds from north to south. Just as we crossed over this line our aircraft dropped very suddenly, and we were in severe turbulence for about 1 minute. It seemed like an hour. I could hear cables above us banging against the skin of the aircraft from the inside. We were dropping and yawing severely like a pendulum from side to side. I remember seeing full aileron deflections in both direction. My son who was 6 began to cry and asked me if we were going to die. I had to keep calm and reassure him it would be OK. Hope I never have one like that again! I had a similar flight like this on an MD-90 approaching SLC from SNA in 2001.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:47 am

I had an experience similar to that described in this post by Leskova. I was on an an Air Canada BAE 146-200 flying from Montreal to Moncton. Approximately 5 minutes after takeoff, while we were still climbing, there was a large jolting bang. Everything was exceptionally smooth up to that point, but it happened suddenly, and only once. The flight attendant was about 5 to 6 feet in front of me, and I remember her turning around and saying "What was that?', as if any of us would know. I remember her expression was one of concern, and the other passengers were looking around as well mumbling and commenting on this loud bang and jolt. It almost made me think we had hit something.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:15 am

Approaching Felts Field in Spokane, WA in a C-172. Had some nice thunder-cells building up to the west of us. The big iron going into Spokane probably laughed at it, but I was pretty happy still having the wings attached to the plane after landing.... =)

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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:26 am

I was on a COex ATR EWR-BGR and the turbulence lasted for the entire flight. Sitting in the last row it was quite bad. The F/A never got up the entire flight as she would have been tossed around like a rag doll. The captain warned us in EWR that we probably would not be able to get up durring the flight so three people went to the bathroom while we were taxiing. You could also hear the bags in the bins getting tossed around, one even opened in flight as the latch broke and the bags fell on to the isle.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:35 am

December 3, 1996. Alaska Airlines 737-400 through Southeast Alaska. Really bad going in and out of Ketchikan (KTN), severe turbulence below 10000ft in both KTN and Sitka (SIT). The aircraft didn't even try to go into Juneau (JNU) it just continued on to Anchorage (ANC) from SIT. But it was dark, heavy rain, wind gusts between 60 and 80knots I was told. Onboard the plane it was just really quiet among the pax, no conversation, so all you hear is the rattling of the airplane, items being knocked over, and the roaring of the engines as the throttles are tossed forward and back accordingly.

95% of my bad flights have been in and out of KTN, its natorious for its bad weather. In 2000 while leaving on KTN we hit a windshear at 13000ft, nothing too serious though.

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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:44 am

Last year on a AA MD-80 from LGA-ORD. About thirty minutes to an hour after take-off, the plane was shaking quite a bit. Then over the Great Lakes-BOOM!
We had a few decent drops and got slammed pretty hard for about 10 minutes. After that the captain got on the PA and said, "Well, folks, I think we've already passed the worst of it." or something to that effect. When we reached ORD, I was never so glad to be on the ground in my life!
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:53 am

Approaching FRA in June 2000 coming from Tokyo in a LH 744, we flew right through a thunderstorm with lightning striking only meters away from our aircraft.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:59 am

Had only two strong ones to remember
One on the very first (test flight with only staff on board) 741 (F-BPVA) in early May 1970 between JFK and YUL. Got through what turned out to be a snow storm (weird climate they have in May !!) and I really thought this huge thing called an airplane would not come out intact of this 30 mn rattle !
Second one was on a 727-200 from GVA to ORY in the early seventies. Climbing to the north along the Jura mountain was smooth as silk but as soon as we turned left to cross this mountain it all started for at least 10mn. Crew was ordered to be seated and they did just that !
Various other bumpy rides , even with thunder hitting the nos of a 747 once, but somehow milder things.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:08 am

Almost any flight from New York into ATL. Have been on several where the F/A never was allowed to stand. Maybe that's Delta's way of saving money. Also anytime from LGA-YYZ or YUL, had so much turbulence once that when we finally landed at YYZ the captain made an announcement that the F/A's can give out a free drink to those who were interested. But, the best was on a AA MD-80 from DFW-DSM last winter we hit so much turbulence that the O2 masks came out. It wasn't that the cabin lost pressure just so much shaking going on that a few O2 doors opened. I was so scared that I could not laugh at the old lady next to me who actually put on the mask. I did lMAO later though.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:32 am

Hi everyone
This is my first post. My WORST experience of turbulence was in 2002 with a Martinair MD-11 over Athens. The plane bumped up and down so bad people started screaming and the crew was sent back to their seats by the captain.(they did smiling...). You could feel the plane reduce speed and altitude to more quiet air.
Later I heard that the plane was damaged so bad the captain woudn't fly it back until repairs had been done, which was eight hours later.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:52 am

The worst turbulence I have encountered was on a WN 732 MDW - SDF back in 1997. It was so horrible that I, a seasoned flyer, thought we wouldn't make it. It was in November but there was a freak storm that had tornados, thunderstorms, etc. all in the area between the two airports.

The aircraft was actually being tossed around by gusts of wind so strong that you could hear them bang on the plane. I usually like some turbulence but this was enough to scare me.

I was very happy to get off of this plane!
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:59 am

My worst was when I was little and I was on a America West Airbus when we were flying LAS-MDW. We were a little while before landing when the pilot said we were going to encounter some turburlence and everyone stay in their seats. A few minutes later we were in some moderate turburlence that made me scared(I was only 8 when this happened). After that it violently shook and almost everyone was screaming, I was clutching my mom and screaming too.

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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 10:41 am

My worst turbulence was a one of the daily UA 777 flights between ORD-DEN, on approach to DEN it was storming off to the Northeast pretty bad....had a slight drop. But other then that nothing too bad.

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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:05 am

Approaching SLC, we hit some good bumps coming through a storm. Had some passengers screaming a little, but I thought it was fun! The Capt. and First Officer both laughed about it with us as they said bye while we de-planed too.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:06 am

My worst that I can remember was:

AA LAX-ORD, a 763 in March of 2003.

Before take off the pilot came on and said that we would have some rough air to go through just after take off.

When we did take off, the plane started shaking a lot. It got worse and worse VERY quickly. The pilot came on and yelled "FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TAKE YOUR SEATS TAKE YOUR SEATS TAKE YOUR SEATS"

It stayed at that "worse" stage for about 30 seconds. Some people were screaming.

then it calmed down.

Apparently the LAX tower hadn't informed the crew of how bad the turbulance would be. The pilot came on and said that they got hit with a bad spell and that the copilot disengaged the autopilot and flew the plane manually through the air.

It really wasn't that bad, some of the other ones I read on this forum sounded worse.
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RE: Turbulence

Fri Dec 05, 2003 12:16 pm

My first landing in COS was a fun ride...

Both times I landed there, once on AA and once on DL, the approach was high and fast, with spoilers being deployed twice on approach, same place both flights.

Why is this?

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Fri Dec 05, 2003 1:33 pm

I had two pretty bad experiences. My first one was on Tyrolean Dash 8 from VIE to ZAG in 2001. About 5 minutes before touchdown, the plane started shaking a lot. It seemed pretty strange because there werent any clouds outside, just a plain blue, sunny sky. The a/c swirved heavily from side to side. My sister, who is afraid of flying began screaming. It was pretty scary.

My second was on a TA A320 this summer, from SAL to SFO. About an hour into the flight, we encountered moderate turbulence and suddenly, out of nowhere, the a/c just dropped for about 4 seconds. People lost their balance and a lot of them screamed. My sister cried on this one. I was very frightened too. The pilot later announced that the radar hadnt indicated that storm. I noticed he descended quite a lot after that drop. I was glad when we got to SFO.

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Fri Dec 05, 2003 1:34 pm

My worst (not really that bad) experience was landing in ORD at night during a storm 7-8 years ago. During our descent through the storm the plane experienced some minor turbulence.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Fri Dec 05, 2003 1:58 pm

Oh yeah... Being one of if not the last flight to depart Denver during the march blizzard was pretty fun too. Moderate turbulence all the way through about FL350.

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Fri Dec 05, 2003 2:26 pm

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Of course in a rain storm....It was like someone grabbed the plane and shook the hell out of it. The cabin lights flickered of and on and this went on for about 20 minutes! I'm no big fan of religion...but everyone believes in god at 30,000 feet and inclement weather!

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Fri Dec 05, 2003 2:54 pm

Flying Malmö Aviation from Bromma - AGH early 90's, thought my last moment had arrived when this Saab 340 (?) we were sitting in was kicked all over the place. Clear weather and extremely windy all over southern Sweden. Scary. Not a lot of visible flex in those short wings. As we approached the runway, the captain got us down on the first try. Somehow he got the thing stabilized and glued us to the runway. Gave a new meaning to STOL.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Fri Dec 05, 2003 3:10 pm

CDG - GRU on a A330-200, TAM, PT-MVC in January 2002

In flight above the Atlantic the airplane was so badly shaken that a woke up. Normally before I wake up there has to be real disaster going on.  Smile
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Fri Dec 05, 2003 3:43 pm

Date: Summer, 1986 or 1987
Aircraft: Boeing 767
Location: Likely over Wisconsin or Minnesota

Light turbulence would come and go just after departure. It was annoying the F/As because whenever they would try to start the meal and drink service, it seemed the chop would start again and they would suspend the service. This cycle must have happened three or four times, but the determined F/As did get everyone their food and drinks. (Remember the days of hot meals and multiple-drink service in trans-con flights?) Anyway, being a forever-starving teenager, I was grateful to finally get something to eat. And then the chop started again... and got worse and worse. I picked up my coke to stabilze the contents, and then my meal tray slid of the table and the contents ended up on the wall under the window and all over the floor - nothing appeared to be salvageable. I remember looking across the empty middle section to the right side of the cabin and noticed their meals ended up in the aisle. Now the plane was really starting to rock and roll. Even though the F/As and all passengers had been ordered to sit down, one man stood up and decided it was time to get something from the overhead. A flight attendant made a very stern announcement that people MUST remain seated with belts fastened and the man sat down again. I will always wonder what could have been so important for that man to stand up right then. He was lucky, many pax have gone on their own personal flights due to acts of lunacy like that. The buffeting, dips and yawing carried on for at least another 30 minutes. I have no idea why they couldn't go above, below or around the offending weather sooner. Many passengers threw up. I was on the edge too, but more from the smell and sight (we wont go there) of the cabin than from the turbulence. At least I was no longer hungry. Amazing how this still seems like yesterday, even though it was something like 16 or 17 years ago. Even though the turbulence was awful, that great 767 got us all through it and the 767 has been my favorite A/C since then!

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:25 am

19.05.2002, IAD-FRA, Lufthansa A340-300 D-AIGH

It was an afternoon and weather at Washington was very nice and sunny only few cumulus clouds were visible. Take-off was smooth and we climbed steadily over the coast line. During the climb I saw there was more and thicker clouds on the ocean and those clouds looked like very ragged indicating strong winds. We passed FL200 and suddenly stopped climbing and reduced thrust and speed a lot. My first thought was that we have some technical problems but that was wrong assumption. Captain switched fasten set belt sign on and at the same time we were hit very hard by big bump. All F/A's felt down, some overhead bins opened, some glasses went broken in the back galley and people were screaming. Captain informed that we were cruising through very strong wind area and everybody must be seated immediately. This very bad shaking lasted maybe 10 minutes and after that it weakened a bit and then was harder again. I noticed our ground speed was 1120 km/h!!!.

I remember that fasten set belt sign was on 2 hours and after that was switched on again many times during the flight. Food serving was interrupted 5 times during the flight when it finally began many hours after take off. Some peoples puked during the flight too. Not one of the nicest flights, but thanks for the tailwind we arrived 1,5 hours before the scheduled time to FRA.

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 5:18 am

This is hearsay, as it happened to my brother, not to me. He and a friend were once flying from GRU to SCL. There was some light turbulence, the captain turned the fasten seat belt sign on, and announced that they would be hitting more turbulence, and all passengers and flight attendants should be seated with their seat belts on. The passenger in front of my brother's friend ignored the warning, and did not fasten his seat belt. The plane shook violently, and the unrestrained passenger hit the bulkhead above, cutting his head. According to my brother and his friend, the guy was bleeding a lot, and they got a little blood spattering on them. Needless to say, nobody could help the injured passenger, as the plane was still shaking. Eventually they got out of turbulence and the passenger was treated for his injuries.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:39 am


What airline did you fly when you encountered all that turbulence?
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 8:17 am

In March 2003, I was on a Ryan International DC-10 coming home from Spring Break. We had just taken off from CUN when we hit an air pocket and dropped in altitude for what seemed like a minute straight, people who were sleeping woke up and others were screaming. After the drop ended the plane was shaking so violently that I thought we were going to crash. The best part was that while we were taxing the pilot stated that we were going to have a smooth flight all the way to JFK... this is why I was so alarmed by the turbulence. It wasn't a pleasent flight at ALL!!
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Sat Dec 06, 2003 10:24 am

I was flying Air China's 777 from Shanghai Hongqiao to Beijing airport . Turbulence began just after take off and ends just before ending . Full of drops and violent shakes during the flights and the pilots turned the planes very fast for our liking and most of us (passengers ) were grasping . Landing was one of the worst I ever experienced , a lot of drops despite low attitute and a very hard landing on the runway , luckily we wore our seatbelts .
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 10:32 am

I was flying on Southwest Airlines from LIT to MDW we had been crusing for about fifteen minutes when we hit these little bumps...and then we just dropped and got slammed around really hard with no warning at all. The seatbelt signs were off and people were up, in the galley, in the aisle, lavatory...etc.

For one moment we just were dropping down for the longest 10 seconds of my life. We went from 32,000 to about 30,000ft It was really scary when the pilots said how low we had fallen. There was this one lady yelling "WERE ALL GOING TO DIE" as we were falling.

The aisle was filled with peanut packs, wet drinks, cups, napkins, and a little puke. The seat belt sign was on for the rest of the flight

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 11:04 am

Tommy, that was on AC, going from YYZ to YYC. It must have been around 1987 because I can also remember trying to take my mind off of the situation by playing my newly acquired INXS Kick cassette real loud.

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 11:34 am

JFK-LAX on AA Clipper 747.
Somewhere over Chicago we got a severe
turbulence, drinking coffee of course........
This heavy was jumping up and down like
a rabid rollercoaster, the oxygenemasks felt
down and pax screamed, it was quite scary!!
After 15 min. it all cooled down but you could see
on the f/a they was over-stressed due to this
incident (the galley must look like hell)
When the wheels screamed at LAX you could hear a
BIG sigh from every seat, even from mine.
A interesting flight, I say.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 11:35 am

Sorry.........It was a PA Clipper 747.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 11:43 am

I've been real lucky with turbulence, all I've been on has been minor.

EWR-PWM--2003, We took off during rain at EWR and the plane was jiggling around for a while, with some moderate turbulence. but that was about it. (COEX--ERJ.)

SJU-EWR--Back in 1997 we flew through a thunderstorm, with little turbulence. Let me say, it made a spectacular light show. (AA--757.)

LAX-EWR--2002, For some reason I do remember moderate takeoff turbulence from LAX. The plane shifted for a couple of minutes, but it was rough. (AA--757.)

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:19 pm

I can't remember the exact date. It was either in August 2000 or June 1997.

Either way it was on a US Airways 757 from CLT to LAX. It was over Kansas or Oklahoma and I just remember the turbulence being pretty bad....I remember looking out the window at the wing and wondering if it was going to snap off because it was going up and down up and down up and down  Smile
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:42 pm

I was flying Iberia's A340-300 to MAD, from GRU... We were over Cape Verde, and we were already warned that we would have a little turbulence in that area... Wow, a "little" turbulence?
The crew was serving a snack, and suddenly the plane started to shake.... The F/As tried to continue serving for a few moments more, but they decided to stop the service, and stopped the film, the music, and on PA they said to return the seats to vertical position, fasten seat belt, and be warned to the security measures reading the Safety-Card... The whole plane shaking, the overheads compartments was about to open, and I listened the TVs shaking over our heads (in the compartment that it stays)...
Some passengers that had already been server dropped their beverages due to the shake, and F/As were all time shouting to passengers in spanish, to go back to the seats... Outside the plane, we could see many thunderbolts... I've never got a so har turbulence
I got really scared...

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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 1:01 pm

There are two incidents with turbulence that stand out in my mind:

1) Piedmont M-404 between CRW and HTS. March, 1968. It had been rough all day and we had really be rolling and rocking around. I was sitting in the last row of passenger seats folding napkins when we started to drop. And we droped and droped and droped. I can remember thinking that I was probably going to die. When we finally stopped dropping we were flying up a valley and I could look out the aircraft on either side and look UP at the mountain peaks.

2) Piedmont YS-11A landing at BLF (Bluefield, West Virginia). March, 1971. Landing at BLF was always a treat because the pilots had to fly over one mountain peak and around another to line up with the runway. It was always rough, but that day was special. The airplane felt like it dropped on the left side, leaving it standing up on one wing. I was doing the final cabin check, and I can remember a passenger grabbing me by my skirt and pulling me into his lap. If he hadn't I would likely have literally broken my neck. The YS abruptly flopped down on its belly, bringing it into the proper position. Lord what a mess that cabin was.....and Lord were those people happy to be on the ground.

I've seen airplanes really rock and roll since then, but those two times were just special.  Smile
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 1:06 pm

Mine would have to be from LAS to MIA, on August 2001. I was traveling on a National Airlines 757. We where about to land on MIA during a tropical storm. We knew that there was going to be turbulence, but we did not expected to be so strong. The lights were turning on and off. You could feel how the plane slowed down and how the pilots applied power to compensate. It was a bad one, but we landed safely. And it did not help when the plane turns and you can't see the ground for reference. I actually have it on tape, it was scary to be taping during the turbulence.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sat Dec 06, 2003 11:45 pm

This is my experience...

1) China Airlines, B747-200, SIN-HKG Dec 1982

It was time for the beverage service when we hit some CAT. It was sunny outside so it caught all by surprise. The plane was sent lunging towards the earth and those people who didn't have their seat belts fastened were thrown to the ceiling, including the FAs on the aisles with the carts! I had my belt on but it was not very comfortable as my hips strained painfully against the belt. Puddles of orange juice, magazines, cups, shoes, peanuts etc... strangely appeared on the ceiling during the mayhem. These objects, normally not found up there, came crashing down within a few seconds. Thank God they had not started the meal service.

2) Malaysia Airlines, B737-400, SIN-KUL Dec 2002

This route has traditonally been very bumpy. But this flight took the cake. Were were jolted out of our wits as soon as we took off into the stormy skies.
I was in First Class and heard the passengers in Economy scream. Engines were whining and you could hear the airframe creak and shudeer. Meanwhile, the bins decided to pop open and dislodge their contents onto selected passengers. Thanks God everyone was strapped in as this was the beginning of the flight.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sun Dec 07, 2003 12:38 am

I've been through some pretty good cases of turbulence (especially when flyign through frontal systems). The case the really sticks out in my mind though (after going through my flight log book) was on 31-Dec-02, on a Delta 767-300ER from ATL-SAN DL 1966 N183DN. It was forecasted to be a smooth ride all the way to Atlanta, but all of the sudden at FL370 the aircraft just got the piss knocked out of it. The wings were bobbing up and down, the aircraft was pitching, banging, clanging, dropping. I remember seeing one lady who was coming out of the lav get thrown to her knees, and shortly after the captain immediately came on and said that we are heading into an unexpected bout of turbulence and the flight attendants need to stow all food carts and take their seats immediately. Some people were crying, and the lady next to me had her rosary in-hand. It really didn't bother me very much. The 76 is a sturdy aircraft and can take pretty much anything you can throw at her. We ended up descending to FL310 (I think that was it, may have been FL290 actually) and we found some smoother air. Pretty interesting to look out there and see that giant wing heaved up an bobbing around.
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RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Sun Dec 07, 2003 12:55 am

My worst turbulence was once on a A340-300 of LH over the Atlantic in the middle of the night on São Paulo - Frankfurt flight. Everybody woke up and children were crying and people shouting. It went onfor about 5 minuts. It looked like we were going against brick walls really. I thought it wasn't going to make it.
I cought a pretty bad one also, on a BA 757 landind in Paris-Orly. But wasn't to compare with the LH one.