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Waiting For The Big One: Turbulence

Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:14 pm

I've gotten my fair share of turbulence, but I often wonder when the big one is going to hit. You know, the ones where you feel like you are falling thousands of feet, drinks flying through the air, people flying through the cabin, leaving the plane a mess with injuries to people.

Have you experienced "The Big One" yet or are you still waiting?

I'm pretty sure I'm still waiting, though I do question one or two flights.

One of them being HKG-LAX on a UA 747-422 in summer 2000. We all of a sudden dropped like an anchor, and did so several times. We all know that the 744's wings are extremely flexible, and they were flapping like a bird's during this turbulence.

Then of course, another UA flight I had, (Same trip) on a UA 727 DEN-OKC, we hit some Oklahoma storms, and spoilers UP! Drop altitude really quickly, and cruised around OKC for a while in the thunderstorm until we finally landed. It was pretty far down the runway as we had to make a U turn at the end of the runway and head back toward the gate.

The only other worse stuff I've experienced is on my dad's plane, a Cessna 335, but in that size of aircraft, I suppose turbulence is to be expected.

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RE: Waiting For The Big One: Turbulence

Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:24 pm

I'm still waiting, but I had a pretty scary time on my last UA flight. I was in a 757 coming down from SFO flying over LA getting ready to land at LAX. The air was totally calm and I was enjoying the view of the city when all of the sudden it hit. There was a huge bang and we dropped, I heard some people scream and the woman next to me grabbed me. I'm sure thats nothing compared to some stories from this board though.
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RE: Waiting For The Big One: Turbulence

Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:48 pm

I hit som rough air or my way from LAX to SLC on Skywest (Delta Connection), now befroe you say oh its just a CRJ. It came all of a sudden a guy standing by the bathroom got launched into the ceiling, and hit his head hard. It went down hill from there it smoothed out right before final approach. It was like a goo 40 min of really bad air. Everybody came off the plane with thier knees weak. The pilots even had a little look of relief when we de-planed
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RE: Waiting For The Big One: Turbulence

Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:32 am

Quoting Planecrazy2 (Reply 1):
I'm still waiting, but I had a pretty scary time on my last UA flight. I was in a 757 coming down from SFO flying over LA getting ready to land at LAX. The air was totally calm and I was enjoying the view of the city when all of the sudden it hit. There was a huge bang and we dropped, I heard some people scream and the woman next to me grabbed me. I'm sure thats nothing compared to some stories from this board though.

On approach getting hit with a sudden bang sounds more like wake turbulance than weather. Those could be even scarier because there is no build-up to it, it just happens. Happened to me on approach to SJC, on an AS MD-80, one week after 261 went down. Not too many folks on the aircraft but they were ALL shook-up when we finally landed.
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RE: Waiting For The Big One: Turbulence

Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:32 am

I always smile when I experience Turbulence. It gives me a weird sense of joy. In June 2001 I flew FRA-ORD on AA and had the WORST turbulence to date. I swear, we dropped, shook, rolled, rose, for most of the flight. And it was by no means light turbulence. It lasted for so long that eventually people could not sit any longer and had to use the restroom during the turbulence. That was quite fun!
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RE: Waiting For The Big One: Turbulence

Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:36 am

On my last flight, WN854 LAS-DEN, it was a night flight and we were just starting our approach into DEN, and the mountain wave that night was very strong, the 737 was bouncing all over the sky. It was fun for me, but some people on the flight were obviously very uneasy. That was probably my worst experience with turbulence except the Blizzard Brasilia...
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