I have been flying as passenger for many years and so many flights I have lost count, but this year for the first time, I experienced turbulence!! Not rough ride bouncy cloud like turbulence, but real drop out of the sky ....Oh crap what was that type turbulence.
777 from Chicago to LHR
, and just after reaching cruising height (FL370) the captain came on to say that there was a strong jet stream and all was looking good for the trip home. Unfortunate timing really, cos 5 mins later we got the ususal minor bumps of jet streaming followed by a resounding fall from the air. Stewardesses floated up, passengers screamed and then the airframe caught air again with a jolt!! Probably only a few hundred feet, but obviously enough the convince the flight crew to re think!!
The captain throttled right back, and pushed the nose forward, we descended to FL310 in a mater of minutes. Controlled, but unusual given the nose down and idle thrust, when we should have been cruising.
I looked at my wife, who had the fear of god in her eyes, and laughed "don't worry even that one made me pucker!!"
The rest of the flight was uneventful apart from the usual bang and drop into LHR
, always happens for some reason, maybe a transition from clean to smog laden air
The flight attendant were calm and positive for the rest of the flight despite very nervous passengers. I have always admired flight crew and your story and my experience only reinforces this admiration.
Just my story....Sorry to bore.