Nov, 2004 I flew LH IAD
. It got very rough on the climb out of IAD
and remained so for about 4 hrs. 15 min. During the entire time the FAs were in their seats with the seat belts on. It was a 747 and it was a nasty, nasty ride.
As we were approaching FRA
the FAs were still picking up the dinner dishes as they were so late in serving dinner. Upon arrival in FRA
I heard that an AA
took off that same night and returned to JFK
due to injuries from the turbulence. I was not at all surprised when I heard that.
Prior to that experience was a TW
flight in April, 1985 from STL
. The turbulence was even a bit worse than the LH
flight. Perhaps it was because it was a smaller aircraft, a 727, if I remember correctly. However, for a bit over an hour it was nasty and wild. As we passed over AMA
things greatly improved.That was so bad that a very, very brief time I was reluctant to fly but I still flew anyway.