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Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:16 am

Mine Would have to be on a US A319 going rite through a storm enrout From PIT-PHL. the palne ended up being hit by lighting which caused the electricity to go out for 5 Seconds or so.
 
Cadet57
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:23 am

I was on a DL express flight, BDL-MCO in '97. It was my second time in a plane and from IIRC, SC or so we hit a ban of really bad T-storms, and on finals to MCO we got struck by lightning and the whole cabin lost power till wer were on the ground and smelt like smoke, F/A said we may have sizzled something in the tail. Needless to say, a nine year old me diddnt like the sound of that.... I just wanted to go to the magic kingdom, LOL. In retrospect it wasent bad, Plus it was on the good ol 737-200.
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:23 am

Definently enroute from DTW-NRT when two engines cut out and had to divert to SEA
 
louA340
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:33 am

Not really all that scary, but when I was young kid, on a flight from AMS to ACC, a bird got chewed up by an engine and the captain decided to divert and land to make sure everything was ok. I think it was Abuja that we went to. Thats been my scariest so far.
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lincoln
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:09 pm

Nothing really "scary" yet...maybe it's because most of my first flights were on the Fairchild Metroliner III, where there wasn't much in the way of passenger comforts...and it could be bumpy.

Most annoying was the next to me pax who clearly had never been on anything smaller than a 737 on a CR2 flight from DTW-CVG who started screaming "we're all going to die on this tiny plane" at the first sign of turbulance.

Most nerve-wracking was the CO flight on Christmas Day ... "[ding!]Ladies and gentlemen, at this time we need to ask that any licensed medical professionals that are on board, please ring your flight attendant call button. Again, any licenced medical professional, such as a MD, EMT, or RN, ...." followed by lots FAs of running up and down the asile for the rest of the flight.

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bhmbaglock
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:19 pm

1. Hard bank low to the ground to avoid a small building in a HST-550 after losing power to the engine. Looking out the window you could see the tip tank only a few feet off the ground. This was followed a few moments later by going through a large aerial telephone cable and breaking it and then a crash. You'd think the crash would be the scariest part, may be true, but I really don't remember it.

2. Hanging on to the strut of a 182 with my foot on the axle of the right main gear while a student and instructor climbed out. The pilot was a newbie to flying jumpers and didn't watch his airspeed (if you try to maintain altitude this can be a real problem with the added drag of three bodies on the outside of the plane). He stalled the plane so horribly that I almost got acquainted with the bottom of the wing. btw, this is literal to the thread topic as I was literally on the aircraft rather than in it!

3. I was in the last group out of a Skyvan behind a much larger group(16-18) who spent too much on the tailgate while getting out. This caused a bit of a stall and some violent porpoising. I bounced off the top and bottom of the cabin several times; predictably this is the only time I ever forgot to wear a helmet on a jump and I ended up with a few scrapes and bruises to remind me how stupid this was.

4. Spotting a 182(i.e. my head is out the door checking where we are relative to the landing area given the effects of wind) when a ANG RF-4 crossed our path much to close for comfort at our altitude and at about a 90 degree angle. Very rough ride.

5. Again spotting, this time with a Twin Bo. I was the last tandem parachute pair out of the aircraft and after 3-4 previous pairs wanted to make sure that we weren't too far away from the airport. I stuck my head out, looked down and saw the previous pair miss a 210 by less than 50 ft that was overtaking us from behind only 10-20 degrees off our course. This idiot had clearly either not checked or chosen to ignore the NOTAM for parachute operations that had been filed for this airport! If you see the little parachute symbol on the sectional you really should at the very least listen to UNICOM as you pass by. Hot tip, if you're flying below the reported drop altitude upwind of the airport and hear a one or two minute call you should make your presence known by radio! The jumpers will gladly go around and make another pass.

6. The time a crazy friend of mine made me land his Taylorcraft in a relatively strong cross wind. I was certain I'd ground loop the bastard but it turned out OK.

7. When I was a kid, a short flight in a Baron which had the luggage stowed improperly and was pretty severely out of CG limits. It was pretty clear the pilot knew he'd screwed up and very tense until we were on the ground.

You'd think after all this crap I'd hate being around planes but I guess I'm just a bit crazy and really love them.

For a little more fun, here's an excerpt from a web page written by a late friend of mine:

Quote:

HERE'S THE ONES I AND OLD: Guangzhou - Baiyun (CAN / ZGGG) (closed), China">CAN REMEMBER, THOUGH I'M SURE I'M
LEAVING A LOT OUT :

1983 to 1994 -- 21 DECLARED EMERGENCIES AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN MILITARY JETS
(NEVER HAVE HAD TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN A NORTHWEST BIRD)
THESE INCLUDED 4 ENGINE FAILURES, ONE OF WHICH WAS OVER 1000
MILES FROM THE NEAREST PIECE OF LAND WAY OUT OVER THE POND
AND COMBINED WITH A SERIOUS FUEL LEAK AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN ONE OF MY EXTENDED
RANGE TANKS, IT ALSO INCLUDES 4 ENGINE FIRES ONE OF WHICH
I WAS UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH BY FIRING BOTH FIRE BOTTLES OFF.
ONE OF THE OTHER FIRES WAS RIGHT AFTER TAKING OFF AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN A BAD
SANDSTORM WITH 35 KNOT WINDS AND VISIBILITY AT 1/2 MILE (MADE
FOR A SPORTY EMERGENCY RETURN AFTER I SHUT IT DOWN AND FIRED
THE BOTTLE). MOST OF THE OTHER EMERGENCIES INCLUDED
HYDRAULIC FAILURES, ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, AND FLIGHT CONTROL
MALFUNCTIONS (ONE OF THEM WAS A MULTIPLE - WHICH ISN'T
GOOD.) THE MOST EXCITING ONE WAS DURING THE WAR WHEN I
LANDED A BIRD HEAVILY LOADED WITH AMMO WITH NO BRAKES OR
SPOILERS (JUST REVERSERS) BECAUSE WE HAD LOST 2 of 3
HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS, HAD A MAJOR ELECTRICAL FIRE (AND ALL THE
PROBLEMS THAT GO WITH THAT)I THICK SMOKE AND MISTING
HYDRAULIC FLUID (WHICH IS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE - PLEASE NOTE
ELECTRICAL FIRE MENTIONED ABOVE) AND AN UNSAFE GEAR
INDICATION ON THE LEFT MAAT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN). GOT A NICE MEDAL FOR THAT
ONE.

There's more including how he missed being on PA103 by almost getting killed on this page: http://home.triad.rr.com/bmorrell/steve/closecalls.html That narrow escape along with a few others earned him the nickname "Deadman".

[Edited 2006-04-24 05:29:57]
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Duff44
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:31 pm

My first flight into DCA on a TW Dash 7... Had to do the "miss the White House" swerve, and then just about crash into the water to actually land on the runway. Never having done that before, I was scared stiff  scared , until I found out that it was a "routine" DCA landing...
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centrair
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:37 pm

Simple....every NW flight when they start Food service in Y.

not to be picky but I believe this thread goes under Aviation Polls & prefs
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:42 pm

MCI-LGA on an AA MD80 in april or may of 2002. I was asleep for most of the flight but was woken up by some turbulance as we were getting close to LGA. The turbulance subsided for a few moments then all of a sudden we hit the heaviest turbulance I have ever experienced. The plane was bouncing like crazy and the pilots made a hard left turn then descended very rapidly to a point where it felt like we were in a dive while still in the left bank. Everyone on board was screaming and my heart was pounding like crazy. We had a missed approach and went around and made a very heavy landing when we did finally come in. When we were taxiing back the pilot said "I want to appologize for the rough landing, sometimes we hit unexpected turbulance that is beyond our control and when the runway is wet like this we are supposed to make a firm landing. But actually you should see some of the other guys coming in now, their landings are real bad."
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:43 pm

In 1995, I flew LHR-EDI, can't remember the airline, hydraulic problem of some sort caused flaps to fail and start smoking, full emergency, landed in Glasgow and evacuated aircraft. Very very scary, I remember to this day exactly what happened.
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:07 pm

AS LAX - SEA in F, August 2002. I drank the bar dry of Johnnie Walker Black label. The pilot wouldn't turn back and pick up some more. If THAT's not an emergency, I don't know what is.  eek 
 
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:10 pm

Last summer, I flew SAN-PHX-MSP on America West. The SAN-PHX portion was just fine - smooth, comfortable, piece o' cake.

The PHX-MSP flight was delayed for 15 minutes because some nut had stolen a Dodge Ram pick-up truck from a convenience store - with the keys in it - and was chased onto the grounds of Sky Harbor airport. We found this out afterwards. It should have been a sign.

The flight was routine, until we approached MSP. On the approach, I could see out the window that we were getting closer. Then the plane started to crab a bit from the cross-winds.

And the lower we got, the more the "crabbing" increased. "Well, certainly we're going to do a go-around" I thought...until I could see we were easily lower than 600 feet - and committed.

The left landing gear hit the ground first. We bounced up. Then we swung to the right. Then the right landing gear hit. Then we bounced up again. Then left, then right, and all the while swinging wildly. I truly thought we were going to rip the landing gear off and slide on the ground, break apart, and be scattered all over the grounds. Somehow, all the tires got placed firmly on the ground, and shuddering to a stop, we made it. Everyone, including me, was as white as a ghost.

I remembered thinking, "Okay, Scott, you're three rows in front of the rear exit of the plane. If you survive the landing, stand up, go back three rows, and evacuate the plane, and run like hell!!" By the time I was through thinking that, it was over.

The pilot came on and said, "yes, ladies and gentlemen, we will be filling out paperwork for the next few hours on that landing. We are sorry we scared you, but we're here safe and sound." They were both out saying good-bye to the passengers.

For a couple of moments, I really and truly thought, "this is it - I'm going to be in a plane crash!!" God willing, that's as close as ANYONE ever gets.
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:14 pm

I was flying IAD to (old) DEN on a CO flight, and tried to land after a thunderstorm. First tried to land from the north, then changed to land from the east. It was like riding a roller coaster on the way down, and the pilot wound up executing a missed approach, flew around, and landed from the south. Several people, myself included, gave the pilot a round of applause after we touched down.

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Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:36 pm

Back when I was an air cadet, I was heading out to Alberta for a course up in Cold Lake and when we were pushing back from the gate the plane lost power and we sat there in the dark, lights beaming in from the tarmack, for 30 mins in the very spot we came to a stop. Power came back on, the capt let us know the problem was fixed and we continued to YOL, our confidence in the aircraft a bit weakened (I think it was C-FRYL 757 on lease from Canada 3000). Can you imagine a chartered 757 full of aircadets on a buggy plane  Wink
 
DL787932ER
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:00 pm

My earliest "scary" memory was practicing spins in a glider, age 6-14. Haven't been in a glider since but that big canopy just fills up with the ground. Bah.

Scariest was probably also in a glider. Short final, maybe 200' AGL, and suddenly a mass of canopies descends in front of and around us. Apparently the local skydiving operation decided the arrival end of the grass runway was just fine as a drop zone. They used a King Air so there were a good 10 or 20 skydivers. Never much cared for groups who jump out of working airplanes after that.

As PIC, probably the scariest was when I was flying to an airport about an hour north of where I was training to take my private practical test. Cloud bases were about 3000' when I left, but weather was rolling in and by the time I was getting close to my destination they were starting to scrape 2000', with storms approaching from the west. I was where I should be and had plenty of fuel, but I couldn't see the airport, and I was too low for radar coverage. I finally figured out it was hiding on the other side of a nearby hill and landed. By the time I walked into the FBO, it was pouring rain and visibility was below VFR. Fortunately, it cleared up by the time I finished the oral so I took (and passed) the test.

Never had a legitimate scare on a commercial flight, although I don't like not being able to see what's going on up front.
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Ilovenz
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:15 pm

The most recent scariest moment I had was on UA DEN - ORD on a 777. had been directed over southern WI to intercept an approach to ORD. The captain, a real calm+cool+collected guy, comes on: "Flight attendants please be seated for the remainder of the flight." A few minutes later: "Folks, we've asked the flight attendants to be seated for the remainder of the flight as other aircraft in the area have reported a pretty bumpy ride into Chicago, so we're gonna go ahead and have the flight attendants stay seated for their safety. Thank you." I watched on the PTV as the aircraft approached 12,000 ft. At around 12,000 - 10,000 ft., I started to feel that gentle shuddering turbulence. Ok, it'll come on slowly. BAM! WHAM! The airplane seems to go in about 5 different directions at once. It was the first time I've ever seen overhead bins open in flight because of turbulence. It seemed to take forever for the aircraft to descend until finally the turbulence subsided and we had a smooth landing in ORD.

As much as I love commercial flight, I've become much more nervous recently, especially after reading the stories posted here. It's hard for me to face the fact that my life (and avoiding a long, horrifying plunge) depends on the structural integrity of a machine that was built to be as light as possible. I don't know how much force any one part of the plane endures during the worst turbulence, and I don't know how close that is to the structural limit. Because of that, I get concerned.

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Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:41 pm

Probably when my instructor and I had to return to BFI after a faulty mag. Everything turned out ok. Also, after taking off around Christmas, we got hit with the backwash of a 741 on the cargo ramp at BFI. Hardest bump I have ever has in an airplane.
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nema
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:30 pm

Last year on an Easy Jet take off from Luton we had extremely strong cross winds, probably approaching operational limits, at about 90 degrees to the runway. I unfortunately was getting the 'fishtailing' at the rear as we accelerated down the runway and the pilot was seemingly fighting to correct drift. Was glad to get airborne.

On another occasion this time on finals into Sanford, Florida, again cross winds were so severe the aircrafts attitude of right yaw was so far, I was looking directly at the runway from my seat in the left hand side of the cabin as we came into land. We had been warned during the flight by the Captain that cross winds were being reported at approaching 40 knotts if i remember correctly, and if they were to worsen we may have to divert.

Situations like this impress me most of a Pilots qualities, mainly because they probably go through 100's of standard landings and take offs and then have to perform in an adrenalin filled situation that occurs less frequently almost as if it was a regularly practiced situation. You usually dont get a second chance if you get it wrong... Hats off to em all.
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dogfighter2111
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:31 pm

Hey, not a really scary moment for us but as word spread ont he ground they were getting worried.

A few years back, i was flying back from a holdiay in Crete. We were on a JMC B752 and upon approaching Scotland the weather got pretty bad. There was bad fog in EDI and a tonne of flights were diverted to GLA from EDI and when we were on approach a BA flight "took our landing slot" (quote from captain) so we had go 20 miles out of the airport and come back in for another approach.

Upon the second approach we got hit by lightning, just forward of the R1 Cargo Door. We landed as normal, and when we got back into the terminal a lot of people were worried because someone told them that a flight had been hit by lightning. (One of the pilots must've radioed it in and someone told people in the terminal after hearing it on their Scanner)

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Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:14 pm

mine simply has to be the landing on azzura air A320 after flying manchester to faro. we were sitting on the front row, because of my little brother, and when we landed, loads of stuff from the cabin crew's little place (whatever they call it) flew straight at us. my little bro was crying his eyes out, my mum and dad had sore heads, and me, i had leftover food on my head. the cabin crew didnt do much to help wither, didnt offer to take it all off us, or help get us cleaned up, they just said..."hope you've enjoyed your flight".

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Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:39 pm

1.
Instructor: 'You have control'
Me: 'I have control, Sir'

2.
Me: 'Boscombe Ground this is Uniform Alpha Uniform Four-Five requesting start from the Weighbridge. One POB today'
Boscombe Ground:  scared 

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Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:53 am

April 1998, on a CN-235 Turboprop, from HLP to TKG. Actually it was just a slightly bumpy flight, I had been in worse situation before, but I was flying home to my hometown, to get married to my longtime girlfriend. I was scared because I didn't want to die before I got married and left my girlfriend alone.
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:00 am

ATL-SFO, on approach over the bay hit severe tubulence. My bottom came out of my seat . . . would not have bothered me so much if I was not staring down at water.
 
bhmbaglock
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:21 am

Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 14):
Scariest was probably also in a glider. Short final, maybe 200' AGL, and suddenly a mass of canopies descends in front of and around us. Apparently the local skydiving operation decided the arrival end of the grass runway was just fine as a drop zone. They used a King Air so there were a good 10 or 20 skydivers. Never much cared for groups who jump out of working airplanes after that.

Were you monitoring UNICOM/CTAF? Any reputable skydiving operation trains their pilots to announce anything that could be of remote interest to other a/c operating in the area, i.e. time to drop, jumpers away(including location), parachutes open(again including location), jumpers landing in unusual location due to poor spot, changing wind conditions, etc.

Do remember that a parachute is for the purposes of figuring right of way categorized as a glider; one with a very atrocious l/d ratio compared to you. Also, it's very likely that they were able to see you from above and were watching you to make sure that there would not be trouble.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:26 am

Scariest experience for me was a flying lesson driving a Cessna 152 where I nearly crashed. I have a phobia of light aircraft and can't fly them at all and I fell to pieces not to mention was really motion sick in the plane, we were supposed to be IFR but lots of clouds were around, I was terrified and the instructor yelled at me and got really impatient. I thought I wanted to die. It was awful and the insructor handed me a plastic bag and I sat there like a jibbering wreck in this plane while he flew it back to the airport.
Then approaching the runway there was some hideous windshear enough to even sound the stall horn and I nearly puked but managed not too.

Even though I have normal intelligence and want to be a pilot one day I can't fly cessnas or light aircraft at all, mainly for psycological reasons. I perfectly flew a British Airways 737-300 simulator before hand however, mainly thanks to my 1500 hour on FS2004 and I knew what everything was in the cockpit and the basic speeds and handling information for a 737. The FO who helped me out said my performance on that was amazing. But in actual flying lessons I am terrible, you'd think I was dyspraxic.

I really want to become an airline pilot one day but unless I can overcome my fear of small planes I doubt it will happen easily.

[Edited 2006-04-24 19:27:52]
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:39 am

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 23):
Were you monitoring UNICOM/CTAF? Any reputable skydiving operation trains their pilots to announce anything that could be of remote interest to other a/c operating in the area, i.e. time to drop, jumpers away(including location), parachutes open(again including location), jumpers landing in unusual location due to poor spot, changing wind conditions, etc.

NOTAMs?

Speaking of which some people at a nearby airfield to where my father shoots seem to ignore them  Angry For some reason the clay pigeon shooting club is right under the final approach for the airfield but the pilots are meant to check out the NOTAMs for alternative approach on the Sundays when the club runs. Most of them ignore it...and then end up with shotgun cartridge sized holes in their wing...or worse. The club is in wooded area so it isn't intentional!
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:17 am

For me I would have to say last year, we left in a storm (no thunder or lightning) but very heavy rain. As an experienced flyer I antisipated lots of turbulence. As we were ascending it a little shaky but then it felt like something hit the plane, and we jerked to the left. Heart stopped for a moment there
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:33 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 25):
NOTAMs?

The NOTAM is to let you know that skydiving operations(or fill in the blank with your diversion of choice) take place at the given location. A smart person who doesn't want a couple hundred pounds of meat dropping at 100 mph +/- going through his a/c will monitor UNICOM. There was an incident about ten years ago in MA that involved a number of fatalities when a light plane flew directly under a group of jumpers(properly announced btw) and the tail was ripped apart by impact with one of the jumpers(IIRC he died on impact with the a/c).
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:57 pm

Emergency landing in IAH on a COX ATR eight years, maybe ten years, ago. No hydraulics.

Had an aborted Take off in a DL DC9 long time back.

Flew under the Juneau/Douglas bridge in a Goose in the 1960s . . . in the fog . . .

Shot three approaches into ADQ in a C130 . . . like flying around in a dixie cup . . . never could land . . . in 1992.

That sums it up for my airborne fright.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:10 pm

Though I really didn't think of it as all that scary on the moment (I have no clue why), last Thanksgiving, US Airways flight from CLT-MCI. Small cockpit fire en-route to MCI. Also caused cabin depressurization, meaning oxygen masks, etc. Made an extremely steep descent and made an emergency landing at Nashville.
 
DL787932ER
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:38 pm

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 23):
Were you monitoring UNICOM/CTAF?

Yes, we had portable aviation-band radios in the gliders, and NOTAMs weren't an issue as everyone in the glider club was well aware that there was a large and active skydiving operation at that airport. I don't specifically remember radio calls on that flight, but I'm sure the jump plane announced on CTAF when the skydivers jumped. But they weren't an issue at 12,000' or however high one jumps out of an airplane; they were an issue 200' AGL coming down directly over the runway. AFAIK they would normally land in a field outside the airport perimeter; do skydivers themselves carry aviation radios in case a stray gust of wind blows them somewhere they don't want to be? If so, no one in this particular group announced that they were off-course and coming down inside the traffic pattern.

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 23):

Do remember that a parachute is for the purposes of figuring right of way categorized as a glider; one with a very atrocious l/d ratio compared to you. Also, it's very likely that they were able to see you from above and were watching you to make sure that there would not be trouble.

Whoever's lower in the traffic pattern has right of way for landing purposes, barring a declared emergency. Not that either we or the skydivers would have been any less dead had we hit one. And whether they saw us or not, we had to take evasive action close to the ground to avoid flying into the ones in front of us; I have no idea how close the ones still above us got. Profuse apologies were of course offered by the skydiving operators after the fact, but I still don't know why it happened the way it did. In any case, it's the closest I ever want to be to another solid object while in flight and the single scariest moment I've had in an aircraft.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:35 pm

My scariest moment would probably be when I got on the plane which I thought was full and had to sit next a PAX who stunk of cigarettes and alcahol, luckily the flight wasnt full and I moved to another seat.
 
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:57 pm

I haven't flown through any terrible turbulence yet, so my scariest moment is something that happens routinely! On my second CRJ flight, I was seated directly over the wing. On approach to PHX, the landing gear was lowered, which in the CRJ makes a very sudden and disturbing noise, and a clear "bump" in the floor right under my feet. Of course I figured it out immediately, but it was so sudden that it spooked me for a moment. The woman directly behind me went "Jesus!" when it happened.
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:46 pm

In a CRJ this January, BOS > JFK.

About 20 minutes before landing we hit vortex turbulence. The plane banked very quickly to the left, then the right, all within 2-3 seconds. Very steep banking too, not your normal turn. No noise or anything to warn us.

First time I'd ever been in vortex turbulence, so it scared the youknowwhat out of me. The pilot told me after landing that we'd followed a 747 in.

I suppose it wasn't as bad as I remember it, but still.
 
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:41 am

Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 30):
but I still don't know why it happened the way it did. In any case, it's the closest I ever want to be to another solid object while in flight and the single scariest moment I've had in an aircraft.

Fair enough. It sounds like your local jump pilots are not particularly well trained. During descent a good pilot will eyeball the jumper's open canopies and announce their location. He will also let you know wnen the last jumper is on the ground. Some larger operations will have a person on the ground responsible for this.
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:17 pm

AC 431 YUL-YYZ November 13, 2005 2308h On Approach runway 24L extreme cross winds, plane flip flopped everywhere.... not much to say about it.. just scared as hell I was!!! The A/C was an Airbus A320 the Portside wing looked as if it was going to strike the ground... Luckly for us it didnt.... the pilot made a succesfull landing.. But I must say.... I have been a little scared landing at YYZ on my past few flights becuase of this..
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:34 pm

1. A TWA flight to JFK from LIS as a teenager (in the late 80's), with my parents. About 20 minutes into the flight, The FA announced there was an unattended bag near the lav, and would the owner please claim it. She made the announcement a few more times, stressing the importance of the owner claiming the bag immediately or we would be force to return to LIS and evacute. Suddenly a loud male voice came over the PA and started speaking rapidly in a different language! My parents claim I turned white as a ghost, as I thought we had been taken over. Of course, being about 13 at the time I didn't think it would be another FA, making the announcement in Portugese! Within seconds the owner claimed his bag and the rest of the flight was normal. Upon landing in JFK, we learned the leader of Lybia had threatened to blow up a US flag carrier on a flight from Europe to the US.

2. A TWE ATR-42 from ORF to JFK hit sevre turbulance right before landing and I swear we just dropped about 3000 feet in a matter of seconds (there was lightning in the area, and looking back I wonder if we had been struck). We landed safely in JFK and I removed the press on finger nails that the unidentified woman who was sitting next me (I am not sure she knew she had grabbed arm, not the arm of the seat (she never said a word)) that were embedded in my right arm!
 
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:00 am

I remember two episodes, both on AZ, both on MXP-LHR routing and both while I was on jumpseat Big grin

1.Back in 2003, I was flying MXP-LHR to meet a friend of mine in London. Flight was overbooked and I accepted to be on jumpseat as I didn't want to wait for next flight.
Over the beautiful scenarios of the Alps we suddenly hit severe turbulence and we lost almost 2000 feet in no more than 6-7 seconds, I remember hearing someone scream from the cabin, very scary!

2.This happened 3 weeks ago. I was jump seating on another AZ A321 as the Captain is a close friend of mine and invited me to stay in the cockpit  Smile All the flight was pretty nice, but as we approached LHR weather start changing and a thunderstorm was on the area as we prepared to land. Gusting winds and lightning made the approach not so comfortable. A SAS MD-80 had just landed before us but, for some reason, did not vacate the runway. I remember saying to myself :"OK, this time it's really bad!" A few seconds later my friend (which was the PF) said to the F/O: "Go around!". Suddenly the power was increased to maximum and the aircraft started to climb steeply. I really felt uneasy at that manoeuvre even if I knew it was perfectly normal procedure. Some minutes later we turned on final again and landed safely.
During all this scene my friend was clearly unable to look at me but he probably glanced only for a while at me because, later when we were at the gate turned to me and said "You really turned to white, man"!!  scared 

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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:26 am

Sitting in the right hand seat in a PC-12 approaching DUR from the north with a thunderstorm rolling in from the west, pushing us further and further out east to sea. It was a race against time as we has less than an hour reserves and would have struggled to skirt around the south of the storm, so we headed straight in. Turbulence knocked the autopilot out a couple of times but we got down safely eventually. Hairy ride for a while!

I was also once lucky enough to sit in the jumpseat on a BA 763 LHR-LIS. After departing 09R, making a right turn towards SAM on climbout we had a traffic warning and a couple of seconds later an SQ 744 appeared out of nowhere; it shot over our heads to port at what felt like no distance at all. It wasn't an official near miss so probably not as close as it would have seemed to my (then) young eyes  Smile
 
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Fri May 05, 2006 5:04 am

Not really scary, only somewhat ... it was when I was piloting a Piper Archer. By approaching my home airport, LUG, I was on crosswind about to enter downwind when ATC advised me that an LX Saab 2000 was about to take-off. I replied that I had him in sight (on the runway). I thought there was plenty time for me to get out of the runway axis and to enter downwind. But that Saab 2000 actually moves quicker than I imagined ...

At a certain point it really looked like he was too close, and I decided to descend rapidly to avoid him. He was climbing quickly, and we would have been at a safe distance even if I hadn't descended, but it really did look wrong. It's very difficult to judge speeds and distance while moving in an airplane.

That certainly got my attention and gave me some adrenaline.

Lessons learned:
- a moving airplane isn't where you think it is, and it's not moving at the speed you think
- better wait a little bit longer and make some 360-turns before crossing the runway axis
- objects in mirror are closer than they appear (oops, no, that's something else  Smile)

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A sudden and very dramatic windsheer after we flew through what looked like a dust storm on final approach. Dropped like a stone and hit the runway very hard.

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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Fri May 19, 2006 5:43 am

I WAS FLYIN OUT OF SSA O A JJ F100 MANY YEARS AGO and during takeoff we lost both engines and went on a steep dive but then everything went back to norma(eventhough we went back to gru)
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Fri May 19, 2006 5:47 am

Quoting Centrair (Reply 7):
Simple....every NW flight when they start Food service in Y.

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Mine was last year on CX, during landing in HKG. There was a storm at HKG and we had to land during that storm. There was heavy turbulence and alot of passengers end up being sick etc.
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Fri May 19, 2006 6:24 am

Delta when flying from ATL to Gatwick. Delta got cleared to land by the tower only to find another aircraft on the runway.. All of sudden we went from slowing down to speeding up, and once in the air the captain came on the PA and told what happened the cabin went totally silent for the rest of the flight!!

Second time was pre 9/11 some kid on my Delta flight domestic had a balloon that he brought in the aircraft.. The kid popped the balloon while the plane was inflight.. Everyone thought a bomb went off. touchwood it was only this kids balloon.
 
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Fri May 19, 2006 6:27 am

As a pax:
Flying into AMS in a snowstorm on a EW ATR 42 (or 72, can`t remember) back in December 1997. As we touched down on the runway we started drifting violently to the left and right all the way down the runway. You could clearly hear the engines roaring up and down, first the right one, then the left one as the pilots were using them to try to keep the aircraft on the runway. But to be honest, my biggest concern was that if we ended up off the runway, was I going to miss my cnx to YVR?

As a pilot:
My ppl flight test. For some reason I just couldn´t do a slipping turn. Simple procedure, but I just froze and couldn´t do it. After we landed, the flight examiner got out and told me to go up into the circut and try it on my own. After I landed again, she said that was one of the most graceful slipping tunrs she ever saw and passed me.
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Fri May 19, 2006 8:56 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 28):
Shot three approaches into ADQ in a C130 . . . like flying around in a dixie cup . . . never could land . . . in 1992

well thats like my stories

1. ERA CV-580 winter flight into ADQ, Fog, wind, snow, ice. we came in low over the water about 500ft and hit a windshear, full power tried to climb then BANG, hit the runway and had to use full reverse thrust, to stop on the ice coverd runway.

2. flying an AS 737-200 from ADQ-ANC had hudge tailwinds and big turbulence the whole way, the pilot came on and said we are traveling at 720 MPH and uh we need to slow down a bit!!!! DUHHH

3. actually this is my scariest, Electra into Ducth Harbor, we were flying into ducth in the soup, windshear, snow, ice, and then a waterspout hit the plane on approach, we did a full power go around after we already hit the runway, turned a sharp right almost into Mt. Ballyhoo, then turned back left and i was looking out the window at the water stright down, it seemed like we were in a 90 degree turn, then we came back around and we had a bit of ice on the wings and i thought SH*t if we do a go around again were screwd, well we did and i didnt think it was gonna climb but that electra eventually did, we headed back and landed at Cold Bay and boy was i glad to step on hard ground.

4. in a dash-2-beaver the pilot was flying in fog and wasnt paying attention to his altitude and hit the water hard at about 130, scared the crap outta both of us, thank god we wernt over land

i think that about does it, except for countless go arounds, and engine failure and a decompression
 
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Fri May 19, 2006 9:01 am

A few years ago i was travelling ORD-SNN on a royal jordanian A310, during mid flight flight the captain put on the seat belt sign and instructed the cabin crew to store the in-flight service and take there seats as we were about to expereince severe turbulence, being a frequent flyer it did nt bother me. we got bounced in all directions for about 30mins solid, being on that airbus in mid atlantic in the middle of the of the night changed my opinion of turbulence!!!!!
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Sat May 20, 2006 6:41 am

I was on a Continental flight from EWR-LAX on a 737-800. Over Denver, Colorado the plane suddenly dropped at an extreme rate. The electricity went out and everybody started screaming. Suddenly the pilot drew the plane back and made an emergency landing at Denver. It turns out that the generator shut down. Had the pilot not made an emergency landing the plane would have crashed. It was extremely frightening.
 
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Sat May 20, 2006 2:54 pm

I was flying a PA-44T late at night in winter once, the heater was broken and the airvent was stuck open... It was -10deg C (14degF) at the altitude we were flying let alone the windchill factor. By the end of the 2 hour flight our legs were completely numb and we couldn't operate the rudder pedals and could only manage to work the brake pedals by both pushing on them....
We finally managed to taxi (limited ability to use the pedals by then and using assymetric thrust). After shutdown we had to drag ourselves out of the plane literally.... we then managed to stagger back indoors and sat infront of a heater! I think if we had of been flying for another 10-15mins then we would have had issues braking let alone we would possibly be suffering hypothermia by then.
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RE: Your Scariest Moment On An Aircraft?

Sat May 20, 2006 3:50 pm

Lost an engine on a D-328 from GJT to DEN. It was actually the first D-328 for UA Express at that time, and was not even painted in UA's colors yet. Lost the engine shortly after takeoff. I thought it was over at that point. I even commented aloud that we would not even make the front page of the newspaper. I tried putting my head between my legs, and smacked the tray table with my head, and about knocked myself out. Good thing there was only 4 of us on the flight. Myself, 3 passengers, the flight attendant, and 2 pilots with Similac still on their breaths (which I also commented on loudly as we were banking hard to the airport!)

After landing, I could not help but feel like a complete ass. I also got a writeup. How did they know I was an employee? I forgot to take my badge off! LOL!
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