A few years ago, my ex-boyfriend was on a flight where the landing gear wouldn’t go down on. He was flying with a girl he had just had a fight with and they had broken up.
The whole experience was on TV. And let’s just say, they’re married now.
I was thinking about this story because I was reading a thread on Quora where someone asked people about their experiences on planes that were expected to crash and whether or not the flight attendant informed them what was going on.
The pilot came on the intercom and said ‘Ladies & Gentlemen, we’ve obviously had a malfunction. The smoke will clear very quickly. (which it did). We will land at the closest airport which is Grand Rapids Michigan. Please hold on for more info.’
So, everybody is pretty calm for a couple of minutes until the stewardesses began the crash positions talk. I was very calm and reassured my daughter that everything would be fine. HOWEVER, from our seats in the front row we could see into the galley where the two most senior stewardesses were openly sobbing and praying over a Rosary. Holy crap, this was serious.
The worst I’ve had in terms of danger was a really hard landing in extreme cross-winds. They never said anything was up, but you could tell it.
But I WAS on a flight that had to do an emergency diversion. They didn’t say anything, but just from flying so much, I knew something was wrong with the way we were turning, and the ground below us stopped looking familiar.
They let us know we were emergency diverting once we were on the descent.
Another time, I could tell we were in landing position at Richmond Airport, even though we were supposed to land at DCA. Then, the plane suddenly veered around. And we safely landed at DCA.
I asked the flight attendant if we almost diverted to Richmond, and he said we did, and added, but thankfully we didn’t. He didn’t really say more on it or why.
Have you ever been on a flight with an emergency landing? Did they let you know what was going on?