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Worst Turbulance?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 9:50 pm

Whats been your worst experience of turbulance?

Mine was on a JMC 757 from LPA (Las Palmas) to LGW (Gatwick)

We had 2 hours of Clear Air Turbulance from shortly after Take off, until we reached portugal. We flew between 26000 and 38000 but the pilot could not get away from it. Trays went flying, the cabin crew had to sit down and we were left with our meals on our trays for a long time!

Pilot updated us every 10 minutes to reassure us that the plane was safe! when we landed, they couldnt open the hold doors for over an hour!

It put me off flying for about 18 months, i've only just got over the whole turbulence thing on planes now!
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:02 pm

QF LAX-SYD Had turbulence for 8 of the 14 hours on the flight. Varying amounts over the pacific with some major bumps.....My tea was above my head while my cup was still in my hand. Kinda funny until it landed on my
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:06 pm

I'd say mine was on an Airtours International A330 from MAN-CUN. As we approached the East Cost of Canada, the turbulance was pretty bad.

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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:40 pm

China Airlines 747-200 SIN-HKG Dec 1982.

We hit an airpocket before the meal started and the aircraft plunged. This sent those without their seatbelts on to fly to the ceiling and all other loose items as well... cups, shoes, magazines, packets of peanuts, peanuts, puddles of orange juice on the ceiling (now that was surreal!), headphones stood in the air still plugged into their sockets as if some invisible hand was holding them upright...

It is not a nice feeling at all. Sensations of a roller coster ride should be confined to amusement parks, and not the cabin of a passenger aircraft because you just feel so helpless.
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 11:45 pm

Definitely on an America West A320 on takeoff from LAS heading to LAX. It was a night flight, and it was cloudy, so I couldn't see the ground. And this plane was getting bounced HARD. It started as soon as we cleared Las Vegas Blvd, and made the left turn towards SoCal. I looked outside and saw the wingtip lights bouncing back an forth. I was freaked out because 1) it was REALLY a choppy flight-up-down, side to side, you name it 2) I kept thinking that the A320 is made out of FIBERGLASS (ok COMPOSITE), and fiberglass isn't known to be all that flexible without breaking and 3) I was nervous because I knew hat we were on takeoff, but because of the cloud cover, I couldn't see the ground. Not having any point of reference as to how high we were really bothered me. This went on for a good 3 or 4 minutes. I was scared. My cousin who was with me, who has served prison time, is covered from neck to feet in tattoes, who has gottien into more fist and knife fights than I can imagine, HE was scared.
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 11:53 pm

Hey all,
I would have to say it was a flight to NAS Two years ago. Skyservice A-320. Flying along about an hour into the flight and about to start meal service. I and another flight attendant were going out with hand delivery and one minute the flight smooth as silk. next thing plane drops out from under my feet and I and the food go everywhere. It slammed me and the other flight attendant to the floor. had to hold on to the luggage racks on the bottom of the seats. It was the worst I have seen. I was laughing my head off. but the passengers were freaking.

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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 12:13 am

MAD-TFS IB 757 14/02/03 - Coming in to land we hit severe turbulence, we dropped about 500ft and we we're thrown around (I nearly spilt my coke all over me  Sad) and the kids behind me we're like 'WHEEEEY Mummy rollercoaster' and the mummy was hanging on to her seat  Laugh out loud First time ever I didn't feel safe in a plane, probably because we we're turning and coming in very low over a very choppy sea. Seriously it may not seem so bad reading this but it was REALLY bad.

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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:03 am

A pilot friend of mine at Continental told me that the most passengers ever experience is moderate turbulence. Severe turbulence results in airframe damage and injuries to passengers. Few aircraft actually survive what aircraft manufacturers technically call 'severe' turbulence.

He mentioned in his entire carreer, the most he has encountered is mild to moderate turbulence. He did mention, however, that even mild 'chop' is easily perceived as being worse than it actually is.

So for those of you who say you've experienced 'severe' turbulence.....I bet not. I'm sure there are a couple pilots on the forum that would agree to that.

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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:13 am

AIH812 MAH-NCL A320-200 coming home from holiday in Menorca, we suffered SEVERE clear air turbulence over France. Maybe it wouldnt have felt as bad had we been on a larger a/c such as a DC-10 but that Airbus went up and down, side to side, some of the overhead TV screen's even fell down!
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:24 am

Mexicana F-100 MEX-MTY. The flight had been rather bumpy all the way, but when we started descent, we went through a thunderstorm line and the plane just rocked sideways, up and down. . .terrible really, overhead bins opened, food went flying all over, and passengers screaming. There was a moment when I lost all vertical sense, and being a night flight I couldn't see much out the window. After that I really got nervous every time I flew, until recently. I guess it just took some time for me to figure that it is "normal" and that although it is not a nice feeling, nothing happens. . .
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:24 am

"some of the overhead TV screen's even fell down!"

Whoa ... bet someone had a headache the next morning  Big thumbs up
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:28 am

Well, the TV's had been put back up into the place they go into, but they dropped down into viewing place so nobody got hurt  Smile
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 3:13 am

Well, agree with you, personally, I have been hit by turbul-A-nce quite often in my 25,000 hours career, enough to believe that these passengers who like to congregate in the aisles and galleys without being secured by belts, are people without a sound mind...
Pilots put the seat belt sign ON, this is a "legal" sign... sit down as we tell you, or you have no legal recourse to "sue" us for injuries...
I once had a flight with severe turbul-A-nce, two flight attendants - who tried to secure catering items, ended on the ceiling, then slammed back on the floor - on arrival, we had an ambul-E-nce taking them to a hospital, one with a broken leg, 6 months of disability... the other was on medical leave for 3 weeks - and I will not forget to press the spel cheque to end this...
Happy contrailz...  Big grin
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 5:31 am


Can't remember it that clearly except that no one could stand up.
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 6:55 am

Mine was on AirTran flight 650 into ATL on January 26, 2002. We were on approach to RWY 9R and we were about 5 miles out. Suddenly we rocked to the left, and dived slightly downward. The pilot recovered very quickly, and we continued our approach. We touched down about 2 minutes later. I found out later that we had encountered a company DC9 wake turbulence, which caused us to go all squirrely.
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RE: Worst Turbulance?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 12:36 pm

Sabena 727 1971 Jeddah-Athens very turbulent on descent.
Lufthansa 737 1977 FRA-BEG nice pockets of turb. over the Alps.
TWA 707-331B CLE-JFK, CAT the worst I've ever experienced.
PAA 747 Clipper Nautilus MIA-LGW, Aug. 1991 very bad turb. midflight.

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