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Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:54 am

What was the worst turbelence you experienced?

For me, it was flying from ZRH-IST on a Pan Am 727 in the late 1980s. For about an hour, the plane fell several thousand feet on several occasions. It was rocking and yawing and pitching from side to side, tipping on a wing occasionally. The overhead bin doors flew open and luggage fell out. and one of the service carts came loose and came out and tipped over. Bad stuff.

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:10 am

I have 2 really BAD experiences, the first one, ACES Colombia, A320 LIM-BOG, the weather was very bad, and all the flight we experienced a LOT of turbulence, for a moment, lights turned off (2 or 3 secs) but even though it was scary!!!

The second was on a SFO-MIA flight when I was only 8years old, I think it was a 727/737/757 because of the config. and one of the motors had a problem, so the crew told us they were trying to get a chance to land on LAX and to remain seated...after like 30 min, we landed and we stood in the airport for about 3 hours. We boarded the same a/c and I remember the second time, everything was OK... That's HARD turbulence

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:18 am

Flying from JFK-GRU last year we encountered some bad stuff, right after the meal was served I put my seat back and tried to go to sleep. It started to get bad and a couple of times we really were rocking and rolling! I remember a couple of really bad drops the plane made, I was wearing a dress shirt and slacks and started to sweat and feel quite sick on that full stomach, funny thing is right in the middle of it I passed out and slept till about 45 minutes to landing in Sao Paulo! Thank God I did, I may have tossed my cookies! Embarrassment
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:43 am

Over the Colorado Rockies on a KL flight LAX-AMS back in June of 86
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:58 am

On a short evening MUC-ZRH flight in December 02 over Lake Constance. I had a glass of beer in front of me and all over sudden the beverage was all over me. Quite messy !  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:59 am

2 pretty bad instances...Coming from DEN going to ATL on Frontier around FL 320 lasted for a good 30-40 minutes. A lady standing in the isle fell to a knee while holding on to the seatback. Needless to say we were flying over the Rockies and above a pretty bad storm...Another, going to DEN from ATL in January on UA. It lasted about 45 minutes. One of my friends woke up yelling, it was actually kind of funny. I listened to channel 9 the whole way there and it seemed like all other aircraft were calling ATC requesting different FL's too stating they were having "continuous moderate chop". We tried a few a FL's for looking for smoother air before finally leveling off around FL 370 which still didn't make for the smoothest ride but oh well...I don't mind turbulence.

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:05 pm

Two cases:

Once on a Tower Air 747 from ORY to JFK, I was walking around when it hit, and the cup of orange juice I was holding quickly ended up on my face and shirt.

Second was on a B1900 from PIT to somewhere in West Virginia (Morrisburg, something like that), almost continuous pitching and rolling, like we were at sea. I normally don't mind, but it started making me sick after a while.
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RE: Worst Turbulence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:10 pm

My dad had a very weird experience some years ago on an AM flight TIJ-HMO. He said it was a normal, cloudless day, with the very occasional bumpety-bumps that happen on every flight. He said that after a very calm, uneventful hour of flying, the aircraft suddenly seemed like it rammed into a wall, and lost altitude very quickly, so fast, that the passenger to his right slammed his head into the overhead bin (no seatbelt  Insane ), and all the ladies yelled. It lasted less than 6 seconds and afterwards the rest of the flight was completely normal.

I've heard of this "phenomena" before, and I think it even had its own name. Can't remember what its called nor how its formed.
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RE: Worst Turbulence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:24 pm

Back in 1990 I was flying from TYS-STL on TWA Express (trans states)
The a/c was a EMB-120. We had been inroute apx 30 mins when it started to get pitch black out the window. It was 3pm on a hot summer day. We ran
right into a thunder storm and I thought the wings were going to come off.
The flt was full 30 pax. People were yelling OH MY GOD!!! Up and down, Dutch
rolls and rough as hell. The man in front of me ended up wearing my drink and
pretzels. WOW This was nasty.. After landing in STL I noticed that mx opened up the nose cone and were looking @ the radar. Could it have been inop??
A flight I will never forget...

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:27 pm

First was on a flight between SJC and Orange County(Old John Wayne)
737 dropped big time....

Numerous Flights from SJC to LAS( Vegas).Everytime the flight comes over the Mountains,and ready to come into Vegas, the Flights jump all over,Not just up and down, but the wings tip side to side....Night time is the worst.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:39 pm

Delta Connection ER3 enroute MCO-EYW in March 2003. The flight had been delayed by an hour becuase the whole state was shrouded in thunderstorms and everything was backed up. We finally got in the air at about 10:40pm, and on our way there a large thunderstorm decided to plop itself right over Key West and the surrounding waters. It was a very rough ride, which included a couple of drops. It was definitly in the moderate to heavy category (for an ERJ). The flight attendent actually walked around after the worst of it was over to ask if everyone was okay.

I was also knocked around quite a bit yesterday as I traveled the Miami VFR corridor (twice!) at about 2000ft in a Cessna 172. It was a very warm day and there were some fair weather cumulus clouds at about 4000ft, which made the ride bumpy. A couple of times I was lifted off my seat. But this time it was fun becuase I was at the controls.  Big grin

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:40 pm

My worst turbulence was on a WN flight from BWI to ISP. We were delayed because of a particularly bad Nor'easter. After takeoff, well we flew right through the same storm. The plane dropped, rolled, shook, twisted, name it, the plane did it. In the end, the pilots tried to land in ISP, but after three failed attempts, the flight was finally diverted to Providence.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:59 pm

Mine was in a very short flight: Mendoza (MDZ -Argentina) to Santiago last July. This Lan 737 bounced so hard: I remember a f/a hugging a seat in the isle because she was in the middle of the isle. You could hear things on overhead compartmens hitting and the same below us at cargo section... It was like the arcraft hitting something every 5 seconds... As I said in other post, SCL airport attends more passengers injured due turbulence (faling objects, head injuries for not using seat belt etc) are for flights coming from Argentina (MDZ and EZE) at nightime

The other heavy one was at the atlantic over Tenerife. After about 2 hours of anoying turbulences, there was about 10 minutes of fall, and fall again, and fall again, and again. and me being at the middle seat of the last row... oh torture,People woke up, I remember the lady next to me took the inflight magazine and look for the fleet page. He asked me "which of these are we fliying???)... The funny thing is after those ten minutes the 340300 just stopped shaking... just like that. Since there was 2 hours of being tied, I immediatly went to the rear galley because I was thirsty... and many bottles ans knifes (before 9-11) and spoons on the floor... When we arrived in SCL, there was my first time the "audience" applaused the pilot after landing... Promise I didn't.

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:17 pm

Fly2hmo I believe your experience is known as CAT or Clean Air can happen to any clear cloudless day, and the turbelence is anywhere and very hard to forcast...
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:37 pm

Worst was in November flying Lufthansa, I think it was a 737-500, LHR-DUS over northern France the plane was bouncing and yawing very badly, lasted about 2 days (felt like it!)

I do remember flying JNB-CPT on an A300 some years back and the plane hit one big hole that caused all the bottles to fly off the top of the carts in the aisles, one flight attendant was hit on the head by a bag that fell out of an open overhead. Apart from that one bump the flight was smooth as glass.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:44 pm

USM - BKK on a PG AT7 very bad tropical storm, no service whatsoever pax screeming,crying, very sweaty hands and generally change of underware required at the end of the journey. Cabin crew looked very worried as well which made things worst.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:03 am

Between SIN-BKK on a SAS 747-200. Massive turbulence at night. It was terrible...
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:18 am

AA DC10 LAX-ORD late night flight back in Jan 93. Thunderstorm around LAX made the takeoff and climb very bumpy with lightnings all around and the plane was tossed all over. After we got through the clouds the captain announced "Well, that was fun wasn't it?". I prayed!!

Another one was MH 744 AA), New Zealand">AKL-KUL in Nov 2001 over the Tasman Sea. Almost 3 hours of nonstop turbulence and the crew were serving lunch too.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:20 am

I was on a NZ flight FRA-LAX (in 1995 they still flew into FRA) and even the F/As had to remain seated for the first full hour into the flight.
As the captain advised it right away, everybody was prepared but it still wasn't a pleasant experience.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:30 am

Probably from AUA - MIA, over the Dominican Republic we hit some major bumps, and I was sitting in the front of the plane (row 10 ish...) I can only imagine how it felt in row 36! (B757).

Also, I once was on a SR A320....from ZRH-LHR, and a strong downdraft hit our plane on the left wing. We went what felt like to a totally sideways angle, and then the pilot grabbed the stick to fight it and must have pushed all the way right because then we ended up going all the way sideways again but to the right. It was very scary. People were screaming.... what was funny was that the plane was very quiet before the incident, and then afterwards everyone started talking... very odd.

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:36 am

My worst experience was hands down on a flight from CUN to HAV in 1995. It was on a rickety Cubana Tu-154. About halfway through the trip we flew into some vicious looking dark clouds. The next thing you know we're diving for about 10 or 15 seconds....don't ask me how many degrees it was. It was enough degrees to cause screaming and panic from the entire acft.

I turned around to try and ask the F/A what was going on, but she was passed out in the aisle, her face white as a sheet.

No explanation from the cockpit...
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:58 am

I was flying from SFO to NRT in 1989 on Northwest.
I was the only passenger in first class, and after a sumptuous
meal served by my 3 personal flight attendants, I was
ready to enjoy a black russian for desert when we
ran into some turbulence.
Needless to say, the black russian quickly was history!
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:07 am

My worst experience was YYZ-Birmingham-LOR-KHI onboard PIA 310-308 last December. YYZ-Birmingham-LOR was fine but LOR-KHI was a nightmare.
It wasn’t a bad day at Lahore but the time we took off, it started to rain heavily and light from the thunderbolt was scaring the living hell out of me. We lost altitude on numerous occasions-I don’t know how much but it was good enough make others scream. It was the worst of my life and the reason I know that because, instead of flying at 30,000, pilot decided to fly at 41,000... The highest I have ever flown.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:08 am

Two choices:

PM (for you youngens Piligrim Airlines) JFK-YOW F-27

NY (for you Youngens New York Air) MSY-EWR DC-9-30

Both involved swizzle sticks on the cieling and f/a's in mid-air.

'nough said
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:23 am

Flying from SEA-HNL on 2/5/96. The Plane kept going up and down up and down up and down. It was like this for about 30mn of the flight. I was only 13 then now I'm used to it.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:26 am

Flew BMA-AGH with Malmö Aviation, some prop-plane. By far the worst turbulence ever! All of southern Sweden had severe wind warning, still we took off. As soon as the wheels left BMA we where virtually climbing sideways, every which way but upside-down. On the approach to AGH we were all over the place but some how they lined up the plane a split second before flaring and then glued us to the runway. Worst flight ever. My hat is off to the pilots who got us down safely in one piece.
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RE: Worst Turbulence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:39 am

PA-44-180: a piper seminole. IFR to SAT penetrated embedded level 3 T'Storms. ATC came on and told an american airlines flight that they were going to stay 5 miles west of some level 3 T'Storms, cleared them for their approach (17L) and handed them off to Austin tower...and as I glanced at my low enroute charts I realized we were heading directly into the storm because we were going to be passing through a VOR almost exactly 5 miles east of the american airlines (we were on Marcs 7 arrival into SAT). My head hit the ceiling and all you can do is focus on the attitude indicator and keep her straight and level, nevermind the jumping AI/VSI/DG!!! Luckily we slowed to maneuvering speed first, we'll explain to ATC later!
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:17 pm

Big jet:
Delta from SEL to PDX on an L1011-500 in 1989. Over Japan, the rocking and diving started and went on for 90 minutes. We were warned but all I could do was look at the window and watch that RB211 dancing around on the wing and praying that all of those rivets on the wing were in good shape. Other aircraft probably climbed over the mess but we were still early in a long flight for an L1011 and had to burn off alot of fuel before we could get above the weather.

DFW-Longview, Texas. two passengers; right after a thunderstorm. it was like every roller coaster you've ever ridden all rolled into one ride. Hands were in the air but it was only because they wouldn't stay on your lap.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:00 pm

It was back in 1997 on an American 757 from DFW-LAX. It was clear-air turbulence shortly after we were at cruising altitude. There was moderate turbulence and then all of a sudden the plane dropped out of the sky like a rock. I was in row four I think and I saw about 10 glasses and a few meals just drop to the ground of the galley. The pilot came on the PA and announced that we had dropped about 700 ft. There were a few screams let out in the cabin, my mom being one of the screamers.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:12 pm

Early in my Naval flight training, storm clouds were approaching Pensacola from the west but my instructor insisted we go up and knock out some touch and goes. This was a VFR flight, I took off and headed for "AREA 1" just east Mobile Bay, then after a few "level speed changes" and stalls, we got socked in. The touch and goes were forgotten and we proceeded to KNPA. Instructor took over, but the ride was so bumpy that my helmet hit the canopy hard a few times. I am quite tall. I must have said 10 Hail Mary's and "Our Father's." When flying commercially, I was at least not responsible for the flight's outcome, this time, I partially was. Instructor flew the GCA to a TACAN final ending the 30 minute ordeal. I was drenched in sweat and trembling in fear. A day at the office guess.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:24 pm

My worst was on may 11th of last year on an MCI-LGA flight on an AA MD-80. The flight was smooth but there were thunder storms in new york when we were coming in. The pilot announced "flight attendents prepare for arrival" so I assumed that we were close to landing then the plane hit a major bump, rolled to the left, and went into what felt like a nose dive. I knew that we were going to crash (thank god we didnt lol) and it was by far the most afraid ive ever been in my life. I think we had to go around but it was too cloudy so I couldnt tell if the turns were part of the approach or not and the pilot didnt announce it. We ended up having a really rough landing and the pilot got on the PA as we were taxiing back and said "sorry about that landing, when the runways are wet you want the landings to be firm but that was a little too firm. Another guy just landed though and his was really bad." Never thought a pilot would ever say that.

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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:33 pm

I feel lucky after reading some of these stories. the worst was on a flight from toronto to munich about 1 and 1/2 years ago.In the middle of the night,we hit some hard-ass turbulance.Nothing like hearing that high-pitched sound that comes from the 767's wings bouncing up and down in the middle of the atlantic. The captain constantly kept telling us what a BA 747 about 200 miles ahead of us was reporting. Somehow,i fell asleep during it. I woke up and the plane was a smooth as silk.
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:17 pm

the worst so far was on a flight with my mom last christmas to kpit on airtran 717. We caught some snow in the last few minutes of the flight and the plane was shaking and bouncing up and down giving some 0 g's it was pretty cool how the pilot handled himself bringing the plane in, alot of people were frightened and i was just sitting in my seat like, what you never felt bumps before, but when we landed, a smooth one might i add, everybody clapped.....
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RE: Worst Turbelence You Experienced

Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:20 pm

CLE-JFK TWA B707 in June 1982 we hit CAT, very rough ride!

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