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1. Posted by miketurner (Budding Member, 26 posts) 7 Nov '05 06:59

Does anybody have any fears of flying? What do you think about to take your mind of things. Ive travelled all over the world on all types of aircraft but still have 'certain fears' throughout the flight.

Im always glad to see the air hostesses moving around after take off. If they look ok, everything must be ok.

Has anybody ever had any bad experiences? I've only had two.....

I was in a 15 seater prop plane over Kirkines (Norway/Russia). Hit some real bad turbulance! The stewardess was thrown to the ceiling and became unconcious. Everybody on the flight had 'friction burns' where the seat belts had 'dug in'. The pilot made an emergency landing but everyone was ok.

Flying from Tromso - Longyearbyan, on take off the aircraft climbed at what felt like 60 degree angle. One engine stalled and we had to dump fuel and return to the airport.

These are probably nothing compared to what some of you have experienced???

2. Posted by robsie (Full Member, 126 posts) 7 Nov '05 08:43

wel i was once flying from Bangkok to Calcutta and suddenly the plane dropped like 100m, and it was completely unexpected, i mean it was just some turbelance but i could feel my stomach in my throat. I never look forward to plane journeys (even though i go on planes quite frequently)...i just sit there and try to manage the fear, I even get freaked out of the noise of the engine changes, somehow i always manage to get through the journeys. I wouldnt know what to tell you how to try and overcome the fear (I dont know how either) but its always nice to know that someone feels the same way.

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member, 1824 posts) 7 Nov '05 10:19

I hate flying. I have been in a couple scary situations. One time I was flying into singapore and just as the plane was coming down to the runway the tale end was grabbed by the wind and we were pretty much sideways (this was on a 747).

The other time was also going into Singapore. On the connecting flight from Taiwan. When we left a storm was starting but we were able to take off from Taiwan no problem.

The scary thing was when we got to singapore - all over the news was about the plane crash behind us. I was on flight 004 or something and flight 005 hit debry on the runway and all 200+ people were killed.

I just think all the time that if I had booked my fligh a bit later or something then who knows where I would be.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 7 Nov '05 12:19

A friend of mine is very afraid of flying. She went to a workshop on facing your fears, and she said it really helped alot. They taught her a bunch of techniques to use to overcome fears. Perhaps that would be a start.

I haven't had many bad experiences - some turbulence for sure. But the up shot of it is that I have flown on probably around 250 flights in my life, and haven't had a crash once!

(of course, some people would say that just means I am due for one...)

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru, 4122 posts) 7 Nov '05 17:46

I had a bad experience flying from the Gold Coast to Sydney in 1986 or thereabouts.

The plan flew into a storm, and I swear, the turbulence threw the plane around so much that the flight attendants got thrown all over the place. People were crying and screaming and others were praying out loud.

The plane was getting thrown around so much that one second it was aiming up in to the sky, and another minute aiming downwards. I seriously thought I was going to die. We then got hit by lightning (I think) and all the lights went out. So there was more screaming, this time from the flight crew.

I'm okay flying most of the time, but on occassions I get really scared again.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru, 2457 posts) 8 Nov '05 00:32

I couldn`t tell you exactly why (no time), but its fairly well known on TP that i`ve never been on a plane in my life, even one which wasn`t going anywhere.

And it hasn`t caused me any major problems, really. I`ve got to see so much (i can more or less get between any 2 towns in Europe blindfolded...), met so many great people (including both my best friends and an ex-fiancee) and had such a great time that i wouldnt have had flying in Europe/CIS, that i`m quite happy. And if for people that haven`t been following my current blog, as i`m now in Japan, not flying hasn`t prevented me getting half way around the world.

I know that at some point in the future, i will have to fly (hope not to, but realistic enough to know that it may well be unavoidable), but until i HAVE to, i sure as heck ain`t going to!

7. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member, 295 posts) 8 Nov '05 09:28

Quoting james

I had a bad experience flying from the Gold Coast to Sydney in 1986 or thereabouts.

The plan flew into a storm, and I swear, the turbulence threw the plane around so much that the flight attendants got thrown all over the place. People were crying and screaming and others were praying out loud.

The plane was getting thrown around so much that one second it was aiming up in to the sky, and another minute aiming downwards. I seriously thought I was going to die. We then got hit by lightning (I think) and all the lights went out. So there was more screaming, this time from the flight crew.

I'm okay flying most of the time, but on occassions I get really scared again.

I swear I was almost on the same flight route in January 1986 in a little focker-friendship run by East-West Airlines (no longer in existence now). We were flying from Noosa Heads Maroochydore Airport to Sydney in January 1986 when something similar to what you described happened on our flight. I don't have a fear of flying at all, but this was scary, and everytime I am in a plane that hits turbulence now, my hands grasp the armrests on my seat very tightly.

Well, that day there were mega-thunderstorms up and down the coast between Sydney and Brisbane. Sydney was hit by a massive hailstorm with hail the size of golfballs. Anyway, the pilot announced before take off that our flight path looked great About 20 minutes into the flight we cross the Queensland border with New South Wales and all i could see ahead of me out of my window were big, black menacing storm clouds. No fasten seat belt sign went on Within a matter of miuntes the whole cabin went dull. Suddnely we plummeted into the biggest airpocket i think i've ever been through. People were trown up rom their seats as some did not have seat belts on, and the guy in the row behind me had a can of open lemonade which landed at my feet. Everyone by this stage had then reached for their seatbelts. About 10 minutes later we hit another massive airpocket to rival the first, and everyone on board including the crew screamed. The rest of the flight was like flying on your deathbed, you are just not sure when it is about to strike:(.

Luckily we landed in Sydney safely, albeit an hour and a half late (lightning bolts all over the place when we were landing). My old man who picked me up at the airport commented on how everyone who got off off that flight looked as pale as a white sheet

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru, 4122 posts) 8 Nov '05 14:35

Quoting numero1

Quoting james

I had a bad experience flying from the Gold Coast to Sydney in 1986 or thereabouts.

The plan flew into a storm, and I swear, the turbulence threw the plane around so much that the flight attendants got thrown all over the place. People were crying and screaming and others were praying out loud.

The plane was getting thrown around so much that one second it was aiming up in to the sky, and another minute aiming downwards. I seriously thought I was going to die. We then got hit by lightning (I think) and all the lights went out. So there was more screaming, this time from the flight crew.

I'm okay flying most of the time, but on occassions I get really scared again.

I swear I was almost on the same flight route in January 1986 in a little focker-friendship run by East-West Airlines (no longer in existence now). We were flying from Noosa Heads Maroochydore Airport to Sydney in January 1986 when something similar to what you described happened on our flight. I don't have a fear of flying at all, but this was scary, and everytime I am in a plane that hits turbulence now, my hands grasp the armrests on my seat very tightly.

Well, that day there were mega-thunderstorms up and down the coast between Sydney and Brisbane. Sydney was hit by a massive hailstorm with hail the size of golfballs. Anyway, the pilot announced before take off that our flight path looked great About 20 minutes into the flight we cross the Queensland border with New South Wales and all i could see ahead of me out of my window were big, black menacing storm clouds. No fasten seat belt sign went on Within a matter of miuntes the whole cabin went dull. Suddnely we plummeted into the biggest airpocket i think i've ever been through. People were trown up rom their seats as some did not have seat belts on, and the guy in the row behind me had a can of open lemonade which landed at my feet. Everyone by this stage had then reached for their seatbelts. About 10 minutes later we hit another massive airpocket to rival the first, and everyone on board including the crew screamed. The rest of the flight was like flying on your deathbed, you are just not sure when it is about to strike:(.

Luckily we landed in Sydney safely, albeit an hour and a half late (lightning bolts all over the place when we were landing). My old man who picked me up at the airport commented on how everyone who got off off that flight looked as pale as a white sheet

It was January 1986!!! I bet it was on the same day! I was on an Ansett flight; not sure of the plane but something similar to a 737. As you say, it was like being on your deathbed not knowing when it was going to strike again. I swear, to this day when I think about it I still get scared. It was truly horrifying. The way our plane was getting tossed around I'm truly surprised that we landed safely. the plane was literally at the whim of the air pockets/turbulence, and at one point we were dipping so low on one side of the plane I thought we were going to flip.

9. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member, 295 posts) 10 Nov '05 22:40

I swear, to this day when I think about it I still get scared

Yeah, me too. I have visions of the hostesses looking frightened and panicky the whole flight. My little sister was crying the whole flight through it really was scary.

I can't say i've been through anything like it since, but last month when we took of from Buenos Aires heading back to Sydney the first 2 hours of that flight was pretty bad. people around me were praying frantically. Brought back some really bad memories.

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 14 Nov '05 08:40

Knocking on wood...

I've been lucky enough to have experienced only a little turbulance now and then, but I'm an adament seatbelt wearer on every flight. I think I must have seen a movie eons ago about people being vaulted up to the ceiling, so I'm not taking any chances. Plus someone on my last flight explained that if the door should suddenly open, anyone not wearing a seatbelt would be sucked out. That convinced me! I didn't even get up to use the bathroom once.

I also have a friend who's terribly afraid to fly. Her solution so far is: drink a lot of vodka. She actually screamed in her sleep once and scared the b'jezus out of half the other passengers. SHe won't sit near the wondow and pretends the plane is actually rolling nicely along on a great, big international highway. Her fondest wish is to build a bridge over the Atlantic.