Hi, I feel I’ve come back from the dead. Pristine and I left sunny and fair weathered Dubai last Thursday night and expected out flight to be smooth and uneventful. I was worried about the food (I didn’t want to be too bloated on day 1 of the trip) but it turned out that is was the least of my worries.
Dubai-Singapore flight was ok for the first 2-3 hours but when the plane was above the Indian Ocean? Lightning struck in the frequency of about 5 times per minute, nearly missing the wing section. The whole plane shook a little but it was ok.
Singapore-Japan flight was a nightmare.
The double decker plane Airbus380 that we were on met a storm head-on. Meals weren’t served until the plane stabilized, we were prevented from going to the washroom so many times. When the plane was approaching Narita airport, plane shook very badly, suddenly dropped to several meters at once causing a little chaos for everyone on board. It was shaky and so bumpy for two whole hours!!
During one of the several sudden descends and tilts, the pilot asked that we would make our seats upright, put on our shoes (what the hell!?) and prepare for a rough landing (shit!). But he added that we should be alright considering the size of the plane (I wasn’t convinced and just prayed).
I realized something during that flight. When on the verge of death, people are so calm and quiet. Nobody said a word and just bowed down their heads. No panic, chaos or commotion. We were just all listening to the engine and bearing all the shaking.
I’ve been on a plane for more than 50 times but this was the first time I thought it’d go down. No joke.