Post # 1
Yesterday was THE most terrifying flight experience of my life, I am spending this week with my parents in Missouri so I flew into St. Louis yesterday and during the flight the oxygen masks came down, we weren’t told anything other than “put your masks on and make sure your seatbelts are fastened”, it was silent in the cabin as we were descending. I absolutely thought we were going to crash, it was so scary…the flight attendants told us they’d never experienced that before (one had been flying for over 30 years!) the captain finally came on and told us we could remove our masks, we landed in Nashville about 5min later.
This experience got me thinking, what is your most terrifying flight experience?
Post # 3
O.M.G! I’d probably die right away from a heart attack, haha. Thats terrifying! So glad that you’re okay. Did they explain why that happened??
Honestly I don’t think I’ve had any experiences where I felt in any real danger :-/
Post # 4
I can’t beat that. OMG that is terrifying.
Post # 5
@adoc86: I was calm at first, I think I was more in disbelief but as time continued and we got closer to the ground with no information being given I started to panic and then my thoughts turned to thinking I was going to die, there were certainly some tears! They never said what it was just that there was a pressurization issue in the cabin, but I’m not so sure, it starting smelling like something was burning.
Post # 6
@cora_123: That is absolutely terrifying. I hate flying to begin with, and back in October I flew to Denver., Fight down was ok, but coming back, my homestate of North Dakota was having very bad wind. The airport was reporting 80 mph gusts. The last 10 minutes of the flight was pure turbulance and being thrown around left and right. We were flying fine and all of a sudden it felt like we were just thrown left like a rag doll. My coworker and I sat there holding hands, nearly in tears. The gusts kept throwing us left and right. The plane was SO unsteady.
When we landed the whole plane bounced because the wind was bucking it so hard from landing. It was absolutely horrific. I have to fly again end of Sept and I am scared shitless to endure that kind of weather again except this time I fly to Alabama.
Post # 7
Did they do a nose dive? I ask because I always wonder about these things, or was it like they were landing but that they were just trying to get to a lower altitude?
Edit to add: I’m terrified of flying. I’ve done it but I hate it. HATE IT. As in, I’m praying to God that I’ll never fly again if we land safely.
Post # 8
I was flying from Tokyo to Chicago a couple years ago and while we were flying over the North Pole the flight hit AWFUL turbulence. To the point where it felt like the plane was dropping hundreds of feet with every BA BUMP. I was sitting next to an elderly Asian lady who broke out her rosary and started praying. So scary. I guess the masks didn’t come down or anything but I was really really afraid & haven’t dealt well wtih turbulence on flights ever since.
At the time I was watching “Up In The Air” on the plane (do not ever watch that movie if you travel for a living it will make you question all your life choices) and had the thought “well Clooney, it’s just you and me…”
Post # 9
Two experiences – same airline, same trip. Several years ago we had to fly on small island hoppers throughout Bocas del Toro, Panama.
On the flight to one of the islands, we were startled by a loud BANG inside the fuselage. Everyone ducked. A vent cover had blown off the wall in the back and landed in between the seat aisles with a giant poof of white dust. We all looked at each other with huge eyes, but they became saucers when the pilot himself turned around with an uncertain frown on his face (yes, the kind of plane where there is no door separating the pilots from the passengers).
On the way back a week later, our flight was delayed due to a mechanical issue. We looked out the window and saw the airport staff laughing as they DUCT-TAPED a crack in the fairings over one of the wheels. It was so absurd we had to laugh too… until we were told that it was OUR plane. I have pictures somewhere (prints, not digital), so if I find them, I’ll post!
Post # 10
omg @ your experience. I definitely would have fainted lol.
When I was 15, I was heading overseas to study abroad for a year and my best friend and I stupidly watched Final Destination (the first one I believe back then) right before we left. The flight was turbulent and we literally cried and clung to each other the entire flight! lol
Post # 11
I’ve been flying since I was 6 months old. My mom was a flight attendant, so needless to say I spent quite a bit of time in the air. Scariest thing ever was in a Cessna (smaller plane) and there was a rookie pilot. We hit an airpocket and the pilot freaked out. We dropped about 300 ft and it was TERRIFYING. I was positive we were going down. Besides that, no issues! I love flying 🙂
Post # 12
@megz06: Yikes! Was anyone hurt???
@beekiss: No not really, we were descending, not plummeting if that makes sense? You could clearly tell the plane was angled down and it was going very fast to get there but it didn’t seem out of control, there was turbulance at times but nothing crazy severe. Once the pilot came on he made it seem like the fast descent was to get us so we didn’t need to wear the oxygen masks anymore.
@k8: UGH, so scary!
Post # 13
@sarahuccs: @PacificMrs: Those small planes freak me out! I will say that the Stewards were probably not as calm as they should have been, the lady who made the announcement to put on the masks and fasten our seat belts sounded very frantic, like don’t they train you for this?! The pilot seemed calm when he announced we were landing, probably a good idea that we couldn’t see him!
Post # 14
@cora_123: No one was hurt, but our luaage was way, way farther down the line than it normally is in the oevrhead storage, so I know that plane took a beating coming in for a landing.
Post # 15
@cora_123: Oh I see.
I think the scariest flight experience I’ve had was flying from Dulles to Indy, and the plane dropped. As in, completely just dropped randomly. I grasped the seats so hard. First off, I hate roller coasters because I hate the feeling of free fall/rapid drops so I was pretty upset on that flight.
Since I’ve only flown 8 times, I wonder if the plane dropping is normal? Does anyone know? How often does planes just randomly drop?
Post # 16
Several years ago, I was on a flight between Denver & Las Vegas and it was VERY rough. Luggage fell from overhead, the plane was all over the place, and people were literally screaming it was so bad. I managed to hold it together, until we were finally approaching the airport and the pilot came on the speakers and apologized for the rough flight and then, I kid you not said, “Thanks folks. We’ll see you on the other side.” Long pause…..he then came back on and said, “I meant, see you when we land, not see you on the otherside.” I wanted to bawl at that point. Looking back now, it’s hysterical, not so much then!