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    Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Did you read about the near-miss in Barcelona this weekend? Have any wild airplane experiences to share?




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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    I dont fly often, but I have been in a plane twice that had to abort landing and do a go-around because the runway was not clear. I feel like this has to be a somewhat common occurrence for busy airports, or its just a coincidence that it has happened to me twice in my maybe 25 air trips.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    I should really avoid this thread as I fly to DC for my first plane ride ever in a few months.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    I'm literally at the airport right now waiting for my flight. Thanks for this post.


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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneinWDSM View Post
    I should really avoid this thread as I fly to DC for my first plane ride ever in a few months.

    yeah, you should probably close this thread. Or look at the silver lining that everyone posting their stories obviously survived.


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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    yeah, you should probably close this thread. Or look at the silver lining that everyone posting their stories obviously survived.
    Meh, working in the aviation industry, I know that Air is the safest form of travel. Not worried about the crashing and dying as much as the turbulence and getting sick as a first time flyer.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    I threw up on first flight as a part of the Flying Cyclones club (Cessna 182). Couldn't find the barf bag...that was a wild ride.


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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    My plane got hit by a service truck sitting at the gate. Hard enough it knocked me off my feet. That was my second time flying.

    On the way home from my honeymoon we got struck by lightning. I thought we were done on that one.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Not a close call or incident, but my favorite plane ride was on the way to Australia for study abroad. The plane was filled with 90% college students doing the same thing and this was back when booze was free on international flights. It wad a crazy party in the sky. A guy I was traveling with passed out twice on the way there.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Apparently the plane on the LEFT has the right of way.


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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Going from Denver to Seattle and we are on the runway picking up speed to take off, when I notice this brown looking fluid running across the bottom of the overhead bins. I am looking back at the stewardess, you know the 50+ year old lady trying to look like a 20 year old, and point this out to her and she just gives me this glare like what are you talking about look. The gal in front of me was in panic mode at the time almost ready to freak out. The steward then looks at the overhead bins and finds nothing. She wipes it off and we land in Seattle a couple of hours later. Had no idea what it was or the origin of it.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Not a plane, rather a chopper, but on my 29th birthday we were flying to a FOB on the Pakistan border and just as we got over a small group of mountains, we dropped probably 20 or so feet. I thought for certain that was going to be it for me.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    So far as a pilot I have been pretty lucky. Only slightly scary things I have had are nearly hitting birds while on final, having someone give the same position report as me in the pattern and hitting random updrafts that very briefly knock you around.



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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    Had a plane abort a landing probably 25 feet above the runway because of windshear. Lady behind me threw up all over the floor it was so rough.

    Not really wild, but I was on a flight from MSP->DSM that left 2 hrs late, circled the DSM airport 6 times and returned to MSP. We landed at 2am, and then rented a car and drove to DSM. I had to work the next morning.


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    Re: Your wild plane ride stories, please

    We were on our way back from Puerto Vallarta to Chicago for our senior trip, and for some reason the charter we were on (an airline called Planet Air) miscalculated fuel and we had to stop in Lincoln, Nebraska to refuel. It was a freaking hot day, and they had to turn of the AC while refueling, so naturally, the cabin turned into an oven.

    As we picked up speed to takeoff from Lincoln, condensation from the AC poured out of the overhead bins. Naturally, everyone on board thought it was smoke and freaked out. One kid ran down the aisle screaming "SMOKE" at the top of his lungs. The pilot then came onto the intercom and explained to everyone what was happening, and order was restored, but for about 3 seconds, I started to see my life flash before my eyes.



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