Turbulence, Terror & Throw-Up

September 29, 2009

in Weather Stories

A few months ago I was on a flight with my elderly mother from Delhi India to Agra India, home of the Taj Mahal.

To begin with, our flight was delayed 5 hours due to dust storms. We waited all day at the airport and finally boarded a tiny Kingfisher Airlines propeller plane.

The flight took off and was rather uneventful for the first few minutes until we reached the cloud layer. At this point we hit very severe turbulence as there was some sort of dust storm in conjunction with a thunderstorm and lightning.

The plane was shaking and dipping wildly for what seemed like an eternity. People were crying, yelling and a few people (my mother next to me) started projectile vomiting!!

Thankfully the flight was not too long and we arrived safely at our destination. The best part of this story is when we exited the aircraft. My mother handed a full barfbag to the flight attendant who then had the nerve to ask if we had enjoyed our flight and would like to join the airline’s frequent flier program!!!

I looked at her straight in the eye and said…  you have got to be kidding me right! Ha!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

N759 September 30, 2009 at 6:17 am

Okay, to be honest, that is what you get for flying Kingfisher, not that India Air is any better! I swear, there pilots have the same mentality as fighter pilots – take off, then go straight up until you get to cruising altitude, then nose dive to the runway to land.


madachode October 1, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Third world countries should not be allowed to operate aircraft. Pave the roads first before even thinking about flying anything.


saw October 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Anyone who flies an airline like that is looking to avoid their next birthday…


Torky January 26, 2010 at 12:11 am

Firstly, Delhi to Agra is 35 minute flight. Nobody in India operates jets for such a short duration. We are a developing country and we try to get things done in the most efficient way possible, not in the "first world" way of burning up maximum energy and getting the least amount of work done.

Secondly, in OP's post, neither the dust storm nor the turbulence were either the airline's or the country's doing.

I'm not disputing Air India's bad, but Kingfisher's one of the best.

Madachode, you behenchod, you unwanted offspring of uncertain parentage: Nobody wants you here in our "third world" countries. Sod off.


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