A Near Collision?

June 4, 2010

in Airplane Stories

I’ve been a frequent business travel for many years and have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of reading the stories posted on sites like these. I never thought my experiences were worth posting – until this morning.

I had the 6:00 AM flight from LGA to Dulles, VA. I knew bad weather was coming in, so for once I was grateful for the early flight.

Things starting getting turbulent pretty soon after taking off. So much so that the pilot got on and told everyone he was going to try various altitudes to avoid it. Unfortunately he couldn’t.

Now here is where it becomes my flight from hell. At some point we started to turn left, very sharply. The pilot then announced that there was a pretty big plane in front of us (we were on a commuter jet – not that it makes a difference at 20,000 feet) and we had to get out of its way.

The problem is that I had to be up at 3:00 AM to make the flight and was exhausted. I am not sure if it really happened or I dreamed it as a result of the turbulence.

Either way, I’ve never been so scared on a flight in my life and I was saying prayers that I didn’t know I remembered!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna June 8, 2010 at 6:33 am

I understand you've been a frequent business traveler for many years, as a travel professional for many years I would like to share with you that the Dulles airport is in DC not Virginia : )


Sam June 8, 2010 at 7:33 am

Donna — As a travel professional, you should know that Dulles Airport is in the Commonwealth of Virginia (in or near Reston, VA).


Waldi June 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

To Sam: Stop splitting hair. Who cares, that the official name is Commonwealth of Virginia. Every one just calls it Virginia. I guess, you are the only one who says: Washington, District of Columbia instead just Washington DC.


MM June 16, 2010 at 5:24 am

Didn't realize it was splitting hairs to opt to say something in a particular way.


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