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Old 06-11-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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One time, I landed in Cleveland
This is on a rooftop in Milwaukee.

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Old 06-12-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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My scariest airline flight was ironically the shortest flight I ever took. My brother, sister, and myself were flying on a 727 from Tulsa, OK to Dallas-Fort Worth. When we took off in Tulsa there were some light rain showers but otherwise it was pretty calm. That changed very quickly. About 5 minutes into the flight we started hitting some siginificant turbulance. I could tell by looking out the window that we were heading into some much heavier thunderstorms. The closer we got to Dallas the worse the storms became. As we got into the final approach to DFW, we saw huge streaks of lightining nearly miss our plane at least two times. At one point we also got hit by some hail. The plane was bouncing all over the place and rocking back and forth. The captain came on the intercom and simply said "Buckle up tight folks, this landing is going to be a little rough". Anyway, it was raining very hard and the plane kept banking back and forth sharply to the right and then sharply to the left. I definitely thought we were going to crash. Then suddenly we felt the landing. The wheels hit the runway so hard I was amazed the landing gear didn't come up through the floor. It violently rocked the whole plane, some passenger's stuff flew out of the storage bins above and onto people's heads, people were screaming, it was awful. And then we suddenly all realized we were safely on the ground and in one piece. Every passenger, including me, my brother, and sister cheered and clapped. It was absolutely the scariest thing I have ever experienced. Even though that flight was short, it seemed like the longest I have ever been on!
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I was flying the first day flights resumed after 9/11. The flying itself wasn't frightening, but the mood at the airport was pretty unnerving. Especially since it was Orlando, which is fundamentally unnerving even without terrorism.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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I have several stories. I was flying a friend of mine's Cessna 210 Centurion back to Manassas, VA following an engine change. I was 10 miles from touchdown when without any warning, the engine locked up. I was able to deadstick it in to its final destination. I had a bad case of wobbly knees for several hours.

Another time, I was flying an old Beechcraft model 18 from Honolulu to Lanai on a cargo run. It uses 2 Pratt & Whitney 450 HP radial engines. On the trip over, I couldn't get the engines to synchronise. They kept going out of synch and it was annoying to hear the engines individually rather than a single hum. I also noticed the oil temp a little high on the right engine followed by low oil pressure. When I landed, I called back to Polynesian Airways and told him my concerns and I was told to bring it back if I felt okay with it. I was hesitant but agreed. I climbed up on to the engine and dumped a gallon of oil in and cranked it up and took off. When I got back to Honolulu, they pulled the cowling off after it cooled off enough and compression checked each cylinder. Cylinder #5 showed no compression so they pulled the jug and found a hole the size of a half-dollar in the piston!! That engine was on its way to a massive failure.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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I was on a flight about a year ago. A non stop from Logan to LAX and some guy blew up the bathroom shortly after they turned the seatbelt sign off. It has obviously been brewing for a while and he even unbuckled and ran back at the first opportunity. I was sitting 2 rows from the back and the aftermath was a dead ringer for a over crowded barn. No amount of spray by the fearless flight attendant did us any good.

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P.U.! A lot of these replies are simply people that are skiddish about a few bumps or a go around. THAT, sir, IS scary!
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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I was flying the first day flights resumed after 9/11. The flying itself wasn't frightening, but the mood at the airport was pretty unnerving. Especially since it was Orlando, which is fundamentally unnerving even without terrorism.
I was up on my way to Vegas from New Mexico. I had just passed Boulder City when ATC instructed me to land at the nearest airport. At that time I was closest to my destination so I continued to Vegas and landed. Thats when I found out about the twin towers.

I can find worst places to be stranded.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I was up on my way to Vegas from New Mexico. I had just passed Boulder City when ATC instructed me to land at the nearest airport. At that time I was closest to my destination so I continued to Vegas and landed. Thats when I found out about the twin towers.

I can find worst places to be stranded.
Heh. Not me. I'd rather be stuck in Fargo in February. As it was, I was pretty lucky. Even with several days of stranded people backed up, I still flew home from Orlando to Pasco on the day I was supposed to, which happened to be day one of flight resumption.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Heh. Not me. I'd rather be stuck in Fargo in February. As it was, I was pretty lucky. Even with several days of stranded people backed up, I still flew home from Orlando to Pasco on the day I was supposed to, which happened to be day one of flight resumption.
I had to beg and plead with the FAA and finally they let me go but under an IFR flight plan and they gave the routing I had to follow.
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I had to beg and plead with the FAA and finally they let me go but under an IFR flight plan and they gave the routing I had to follow.
Those were days of ultimate air suckage. As bad as it was for the passengers, I can't begin to imagine how it was for the people with the long flowing scarves that whip in the breeze. Glad you were able to at least get somewhere.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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I have a few unfortunately.

In 1991 I was 20 and flew by myself from NYC to Hong Kong to visit a friend. This was in January and the previous week I saw that movie "Alive" 3 times. (The one where they crash in the Andes and the survivors eat the others.) Anyway, one of the flights was from Toronto to Vancouver. So about 2 hours into the flight, the pilot comes on and tells us that they are probably going to close Vancouver due to weather and he was trying to figure out where we could go. Seattle was closed and he said they suggested SFO but he didn't think we had enough fuel (yeah, great!) So, he comes on every so often to update us. Nearly every airport in Canada and the Northern US was closed. All of a sudden the seatbelt signs come on and you could tell the flight attendants were preparing for a landing. He comes on and says the usual "prepare for landing" spiel and explains that they opened the Edmonton airport for a handful of flights to get on the ground and we were the last one they were clearing for landing. He continued to say that we may have to circle a few minutes because the snow was coming down so hard and fast that they had to plow the runway every time a plane landed. I was near tears and think the only reason I didn't cry was because I never heard of Edmonton before and was trying to find out from other people. LOL! In the morning, they opened the airport only to get the flights they let in, get out.....same process, plow the runway, take off, plow, take off. It was all good though!

My other one was flying from Atlanta to Tennessee on one of those CRJ's - small jet. I hate those things in the first place. When we got up in the air, the turbulence was HORRIBLE and it was storming (I'm sure I could make that sound 100X worse than what it was.) I had my 1 year old on my lap and I squeezed him so hard he was coughing and my husband had to rip him out of my hands. Once I lost him, I lost it....shaking and crying. Then the flight attendant comes on to say that she was sorry, but she couldn't serve drinks on the flight. WTH??? WHO was thinking about drinks!?!?!?! I just wanted to live!!!!!
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