I have flown commercial for over 50 years and have had too many to count. Some that I remember being personally involved with:
Braniff 727 engine shut down in flight and returned to MEM
with 2 engines. Fire/rescue met the plane.
Braniff 747 cracked windshield prior to departure. Broke the replacement windshield putting it in. Flight cancelled.
Braniff 747 had an engine change AT
THE GATE. We sat for 5 hours and I watched as they changed the number 2 engine while the plane was parked at the gate in DFW
. Once the new engine was installed 5 hours later, they taxied to a runup area to check the engines. Then they taxied back to the same gate, we boarded the airplane, and we took off for HNL
Braniff 747 parked at the gate in DFW
when a large thunderstorm blew thru the airport. A catering truck that was loading food on the plane at the door behind the wing was blown over by the strong winds, and was resting on the flaps at a 45 degree angle. They had to bring cranes in to upright the truck. The flight to London was cancelled.
Braniff 747 landing in DFW
. Blew about 6 tires on landing. They changed the tires on a taxiway. Passengers stayed on board the aircraft. Taxied to gate after tire change.
TWA 747 in ORD
. Flight to London was delayed 6 hours while they did an engine change. This time they changed the engine in the hanger.
PA 747 JFK
to Rome. 747 had a mechanical and they substituted an all coach 707-320. This was in 1980.
DC-10 landing in ORD
did a last minute go around due to aircraft spacing on the runway. This was a few months after the UA
DC-10 crashed on takeoff from ORD
727 flight delayed because the emergency slide had partially deployed out of the housing (it didn't inflate).
was delayed 45 minutes because the flight crew reported a nose gear compartment light was burnt out that was discovered during the pre-flight walk around. It took 45 minutes to get a mechanic to replace the light bulb and then get the maintenance records updated. This was during one of UA
's pilot contract negiotations when the flight crew was doing everything "by the book" as part of a work slowdown. Normally this lightbulb would not be a big deal. My brother-in-law was working the ramp for that flight and one the person who the captain reported the incident to.
had a flight delay because a passenger joked to the captain in the gate that they saw him in the bar. The captain in order to protect his reputation and career went directly from the gate to the medical facility to have a blood test performed. This delayed the flight a couple of hours.
An early morning flight on a commuter airline for a major airline cancelled a flight because the flight attendent showed up drunk for the flight. I knew the story because I had a relative that worked the flight.
Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.