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Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:17 am

As the topic says, which route considered the worst route in term of turbulence.
To me bay of Bengal which i cross on the way from DXB to OZ & SIN....etc
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:52 am

One of the most turbulent flights i've ever had was about 15-17 years ago on a Sydney - Honululu - San Francisco flight on a Qantas 747-300, infact i was almost physically sick we were bouncing around that much.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:50 pm

My most bumpy flight was over the Atlantic (TWA - IAD-AMS) in 1984. Free falling for over 300 meters not once, but several times. It was like a roller coaster ride. I remember looking out of the window seeing the wings bend and stretch and thinking "the wings really are flapping, it's just like a bird'. Although lots of people were injured I wasn't scared.

The most bumpy route is an interesting question. I like turbulence a lot. I would say it is over land, preferably mountainous. I had bumpy flight over Africa, the Rockies and the Andes, but also over the Atlantic. I cannot seem to deduct a pattern.

Also with technology as it is today I think most airlines manage to avoid (real) turbulence altogether.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:54 pm

A HKG-SIN flight a couple of years ago. The turbulence was so bad the flight attendants couldn't make it back to their seats and were actually on the floor. Passengers who disobeyed the captains orders to return to their seats immediately were also on the floor and I could hear people slamming around in the bathroom stalls. Lasted just under 5 minutes probably, and it was the most turbulence I have ever experienced.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:02 pm

With a DC3 from AMS to LEY. Im a frequent flyer and I can handle some turbulance.. but flying under the cloud ceiling on a stormy day gave me a hard (yet unforgettable) 20 min!
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:05 pm

Mine would have to be on an Air New Zealand A320 flying CHC-MEL in 2006, going over the mountain ranges of New Zealnds South Island, I don't mind a bit of turbulance in my flight, but it had most of the other pax on this flight gripping on to their seats real tight and the flight attendants had to remain seated. It wasn't just the flight that encountered a bit of bumpyness, but the landing was the roughest I think I have ever experienced too, very hard.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:32 pm

When flying over Japan enroute from YVR to Asia is when I have noticed the most turbulence. One time taking off out of HKG in a typhoon was exceptionally bad.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:46 pm

BA 744 LHR-CAI. Was exciting around VCE.  Wink
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:15 pm

July 23rd I did NRT > ORD and about an hour or two before landing in Chicago it was pretty bumpy. Meal service was suspended and the FAs buckled-up. After 15 minutes or so, the seat belt sign was turned off and service resumed. Within another 5 minutes we hit more chop and the light came right back on. It wasn't free-fall but the feeling of the airplane being tugged in different directions. Quite unpleasant for me.

Yesterday I flew back (ORD > NRT) and there was very little turbulence on the entire 12 hour flight  Smile

Japan has been having rainy weather this week. Took off from Narita last night with flashes of lightening every minute or more. Up in the air we could still see flashes, but from Narita to Centrair it was pretty smooth.
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:14 am

An AnsettMAL DC-3 between GKA(Goroka) & POM, PNG in 1969! Constant bumps from take off to about 10 min before landing. People throwing up all over the plane. We were late out of MAS, further delayed at MAD and the pilot was pushing the old girl to make the all important BNE/SYD/CBR/MEL connection at POM. So he went more over the mountains instead of more along the valleys as they normally did. Only time I ever made a connection by walking directly from one plane to another. (Yes, the bags made it too, the first cart load was being loaded into the B727-100 as we walked up the built in tail stairs.

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Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:46 am

Flights over the Rocky Mountains arriving or departing airports like YYC or DEN can also be turbulent. That's true for airports located in or near other mountainous areas also.
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:52 am

Quoting Gemuser (Reply 10):
We were late out of MAS, further delayed at MAD

Should read MAG, NOT MAD!!!! To late to edit.

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Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:35 am

I flew ATL-PHX and return 2 weeks later as part of a MAN-ATL-PHX-ATL-MAN trip I did when I was.... 12 or 13 I think.

I'd just gotten off an 8 hour trans atlantic flight and had a 4 hour layover in Atlanta, and I just wanted to sleep. Nuh-uh, Turbulence for the entire 4 and a half hour flight over Georgia, Alabama, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. This wasn't even in summer time when thermals would be worst, this was in the middle of February! Combined with the fact I wasn't sat with my family, but a loud, fat American guy who didn't understand the concept of having traveled 5000 miles across 8 time zones is mentally and physically draining. I told him I wanted to sleep because of that and he said I can sleep when I got to where I was going... well f-you Mr. Fat Inconsiderate American Man Big grin

Still, the turbulence was by far the worst I've had purely for the fact it was constant. Oh, and to make it worse, This was on DL's oldest B762, just to make me feel better  Silly
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:11 pm

I was trying hard to think of how many flights I've taken over the past few years where the seatbelt sign hasn't been illuminated at some point during the flight due to turbulence.

This year has been particularly bad. Even on my last two 25 minute flights back from Canberra we encountered pretty rough turbulence due to weather systems. Then there were rough flights between KUL-SYD and KIX-SYD where I was almost driven out of my mind, let alone my seat.

Flying between Sydney and Japan, Korea and Hong Kong we have always seemed to run into turbulence across different times of the year. I experienced jetstream turbulence over Australia and then there is the region around Guam where there seem to be permanent storms, even in the wee hours of the morning. The descent into KIX also seems very rough.

It's funny, but I can't remember being particularly concerned about turbulence until a rough flight back from CHC-SYD. Now, I am particularly sensitive. My tip - sit over the wing or a little forward of it. Leave the rear of the aircraft for fans of rollercoasters!
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:52 pm

Quoting Dano1977 (Reply 1):
One of the most turbulent flights i've ever had was about 15-17 years ago on a Sydney - Honululu - San Francisco flight on a Qantas 747-300, infact i was almost physically sick we were bouncing around that much.

Oh man, on a flight that long, that could get me nervous!

My flight would have to be on MQ doing LAX-MRY at 9:30 pm during a thunderstorm. That Saab 340 was bouncin' around everywhere!!
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:46 pm

Worst for me was over the Bay of Bengal (as mentioned before) on a flight between LHR and KUL, all service was stopped and the 747 bumped about all over the place!!

The worst turbulance on landing in MAN on a MyTravel DC10, The rain and wind was terrible and even the lights were flickering on and off as we got bumped about!
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Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:23 am

Any flight that passes through mountain wave will probably yield some turbulence as you go from still air to rapid lift and rapid sink in very short distances. The wave can extend hundreds of miles from the range that triggered it, and rise much higher than an airliner can go (the world record Sailplane altitude stands at over 50,000 feet due to climbing in south American mountain wave).

I would say that any route that regularly takes an extended path in the lee of the Himalayas is in the running for bumpiest route as it will often pass though the wave pattern. For examle, the Europe - Far East routes.
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Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:02 pm

My worst experience happened back in 1997 on the route PTP - CDG on an AF 747-300.....

45 min heavy shacking upwards and sidewards over the gulf of Biscay ( during breakfast).... That was the first time i used a sick bag.
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Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:34 pm

My bumpiest ride was with IranAir 707-320C NRT-PEK-THR in 1983 when it passed through the Himalayas. Scary because the mountain peaks seem to be very close to us.

Second was CO 767-400 IAH-HNL in 2007 over Death Valley when it suddenly dropped like a roller coaster but our a/c climbed up higher so it was more calm by the time we were above LAX.
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Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:07 pm

The bumpiest flight I was on was back in 2004 between SAV and ATL. There were storms the whole way, and it was only made worse by the fact that I had had a whole 32 oz. Powerade before getting on the plane.
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Apparently at both NWA and UA they have the most onboard injuries on this route, due to moderate to severe turbulence. Doesn't happen often, but does happen.
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Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:29 pm

I was on a Comair E-120 between MCO and TLH back in September of 2000 and that was the bumpiest flight I've ever had. Flying through the typical Florida summer thunderstorms in a little puddle jumper is not fun. I don't have too many issues when it comes to turbulence. It was so bad that the F/A would serve a row, have to sit back down for a few minutes, serve another row or two, sit back down, serve another row or two, sit back down. The inflight service took up about half of the flight. We're bouncing up and down in the clouds like a ping pong ball.
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:53 am

I was on an E190 from YYZ to DFW. On approach into DFW around 8:00pm we could see thunderstorms all over the place. I could tell the pilots were trying to find a hole in the weather but it must have been tough. All of a sudden we were in the clouds and lightning and our plane got BOUNCED around- the worst I've ever felt. The turbulence was so violent. My head was smashing into the wall and people were screaming. An overhead bin popped open in front of me and the flight attendants were on the PA warning us of falling bags. I'm really used to turbulence as I fly all the time but this was something else. I was VERY nervous and the sweat was literally dripping off my palms as I had a death grip on the seat in front of me. After we landed the pilots came over the PA and apologized to us for the rough weather. Apparently we were trying to get around this storm and the weather radar didn't pick up a thunderstorm cell and we flew right through it. Our plane also got struck by lightning.
As we were disembarking I could see that one of the flight attendants were injured because she was holding her head.
The cabin was a mess- papers, trash and puke bags all over the place.
I was never so happy to be on the ground in my life!!!
Kudos to the crew though- they were very professional and comforting in this stressful situation.

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Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:09 am

I've never had any massively bumpy flights, but 2 from friends stick out:
AMS-NWI in a Fokker F50. It was apparently very windy, and it threw the aircraft all over the sky.
DUR-JNB, this is usually a bumpy route, following the line of the Drakensberg mountains. I've done it a few times with only moderate turbulance, but my wife has experienced some of her worst ever flights on this route (not helpful when it was her home-university route!)

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Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:11 pm

Always have had a smooth ride over the Rockies and Alps!

Bumpiest flight I can recall was TWA MD80 into BDL some years ago we hit some very good bumps on the way in. Also SAS A340 into CPH we hit some very rough air for about 30 mins before landing.
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:38 pm

Landing into Edinburgh on BD from LHR last year. We had two go-arounds due to the very windy weather around new year and when we finally landed we used every inch of the runway turning on the yellow arrows (technical term!) right at the end of the runway. It was very bumpy on departure from LHR and as we seemed to use full throttle until we broke through the clouds where we cruised just above to give the aircraft time to recover! It was so bumpy that kids were being sick all around as was one of the crew. There was no service done due to the weather and it was a very frightening experience overall.
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:11 pm

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Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:52 pm

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned either PHX or LAS yet. Both of those cities very VERY hot in the summer and it calls for some major turbulence. The bumpiest flight I've ever been on was a WN 737 going from LAS-OAK. I seriously thought the plane was going down it was so bad. will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you shall return
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:08 pm

On a DL 763 over the Amazon on the way to GIG from ATL. The only time when I was really concerned the plane would break up in flight.
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:14 pm

Trip to Vegas on an America West early model A320, sat in aft bulhead seat...half the flight was white knuckled, crew never throttled back...just plowed through this stuff...thought breakup was imminent...

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