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Your "Most Interesting" Flights

Thu May 25, 2006 3:33 am

It seems that many of us here are very well travelled. So we all know things don't always go very smoothly before/during/after those flights. Tell us about those flights in which you experienced extraordinary/interesting/worth sharing stuff...

Here goes mine:

2 summers ago, when I was studying in Switzerland, I planned a great vacation in the US of A. I was going to do LAS, SFO, SAN, LAX in about 20 days. It was a great holiday but the very start of it was rather interesting. I flew LH on flights from ZRH to LAX, outbound via MUC on an A 340-300 and inbound via FRA on a B 747-400. The MUC-LAX flight had started great. I was seated at the emergency exit and a fellow Turkish pax was next to me and the F/A across us was a Turkish girl so we chatted a lot. It went all well until we were about 2 hours away from LAX. The captain came on the PA and announced that due to very strong unexpected headwinds, we would have to land in LAS for refuelling and that it shouldn't delay us for more than an hour od so. Normally, after landing in LAX, I had 3 hours waiting time to board my WN flight to LAS. Great, I thought. I hope it doesn't take very long. We started our approach, gears down, seconds before landing we lifted up. He came on the PA again and told us that there was a small plane on the runway so we were going to circle around LAS and try again. We made a sharp right bank in very turbulent weather. Half the pax on the plane were vomiting already On our second attempt, we made it. But this time, because it was an unscheduled stop, it took us more than an hour to get the refuelling truck. We finally took off for LAX after 2 hours on the ground. Great. I had missed my flight. I was planning to go to UA and tell them to book me to LAS because I missed my connection because of LH. I went through the passport control, ran to the WN counters just after my original plane left. I told them what happened. He said "Relax. Would you like to be on 18:30 or 19:00 flight?" and he didn't charge me anything extra. I thought this was great. In Europe, they would rip you off if you missed your flight.

So I made it to LAS some 2 hours late. I landed in LAS twice and missed landing once in the same day

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RE: Your "Most Interesting" Flights

Thu May 25, 2006 5:52 am

Two most interesting flights:
First one was on an approach to Hong Kong Kai Tak from CPH onboard SAS 767. I was not more than about 7 years old so I don't remember it very well. My dad told me that the sidewinds were so strong that he was really afraid that the left wing and engine would scrape the ground just before touchdown. And that says a lot since he travels many many times a year.

Second flight was onboard UA 744 from AKL to LAX. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Pilot suddenly asks everyone to tighten their seatbelt because there is bad weather in front of us. 5 minutes later, the aircraft enters some heavy turbulence, and shortly after, the aircraft drops 2000 feet very very fast. That was probably the scariest flight I have ever been on. The whole aircraft was vibrating and shaking very badly 3 times during the turbulence.

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