May. 15th, 2008
Seconds from Disaster  
Okay, love the show, but don't want to be the subject of it.

We were taking off from IAH to home. I'd kind of fallen asleep. I was awaken by a really loud noise and jolt. I woke up alarmed, but then just though,"Oh we must have just taken off; the jolt was the landing gear retracting."

Well, no, apparently not. After seeing one of the flight attendants run down the aisle to look over my shoulder at the wing, I notice we're cloud level, and everyone's just a little too alert and concerned-looking.

The second I start to go back to my stupor, one of the flight attendant announces something like, "I know everyone's alarmed by the loud noise you just heard the loud noise coming from the plane. Everything looks okay. We were going through some rough weather, but everything looks all right. We're going to go on to L.A."

*screech* hickory what?!

Actually, the only part I really honed in on was "We're going to go on to..."

I like to think everything is normal. "We're going to go on to..." means something really happened and we've decided we can probably make it to the next freeway exit. WHAT?!

So now I'm noticing what's going on a bit more. Everyone's seems shaken. People are talking. After a minute or so of the plane bouncing around, which seems like normal turbulence to me, the pilot comes on, "Blah Blah. We're at blah blah blah feet. No doubt, you heard the loud noise. We were going through a storm *muffle muffle muffle muffle* ...the plane is designed to handle lightning strikes. The flight attendants have checked the cabin. *muffle muffle muffle* static diffusers *muffle muffle* at the nose and rear of the plane *muffle muffle* All the instruments seem okay, and we're going to go ahead and press on to Los Angeles. Please sit back, but keep your seat belts securely fastened until we're through the turbulence. blah blah. blah"

Squeeze me what?

Anyway, I'm generally not alarmed by anything (yet) that's happened in the air, provided the flight crew seems cool; but at this point, every Seconds from Disaster and Air Emergency is playing in my head. I'm pretty sure I heard the narrator say, "David, feeling safe after hearing the pilot, reaches for his mp3 player. Little did he know, 'I'm with the skater boy, she said see you later boy' would be the last words he'd hear."

It's seriously one sadistic, fucked up god that sends surges of electricity through the air I'M JUST SAYIN. fucking, stupid, dick-head god

location: 90069
Mood: on the ground
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Adamecho3347 on May 15th, 2008 - 08:31 pm
well..what are your chances of being struck by lightning twice? :) glad yer ok
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dirigiblesdirigibles on May 15th, 2008 - 08:45 pm
At least the plane didn't lose power for a period of time, like Jaason's did once when the plane was struck by lightning.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on May 15th, 2008 - 08:53 pm
it may have. i really just brushed it off when it happened cuz i was sleeping. i just remember being awaken by a really loud noise and some screams. in my stupor i just thought it was the landing gear or some normal plane noise and plane n00bs overreacting.
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danthmanes on May 15th, 2008 - 08:50 pm
Not crashing is good!
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jonathan: BRBsilverthief2 on May 15th, 2008 - 08:53 pm
Good times. Maybe I'll be so lucky next time I fly.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on May 15th, 2008 - 08:55 pm
i'm kind of bummed i was sleeping when it happened.
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NCSUJncsuj on May 15th, 2008 - 08:58 pm
"David, feeling safe after hearing the pilot, reaches for his mp3 player. Little did he know, 'I'm with the skater boy, she said see you later boy' would be the last words he'd hear."

SRS LULZ. I am glad you are ok punkin.
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James: Low Flying Aircraftterraplanner on May 15th, 2008 - 09:47 pm
Yeah, flying as much as I do that would still freak me out. I really don't need to watch Seconds from Disaster. Damn NatGeo channel.
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Gantrioch: Weather Control Device.gantrioch on May 15th, 2008 - 09:48 pm
Actually, it was me and the Weather Control Device :-p.
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Milambermilamberrex on May 15th, 2008 - 11:19 pm
eh, ever since the flight from hell, a.k.a. the non-stop flight from Narita to Atlanta, i hate flying. seldom am i subject to motion sickness, but two hours of non-stop turbulence 45 minutes into our flight, left me begging for death. can't stand the thought of flights anymore. worse yet, i was flying first class. i couldn't drink the alcohol or eat a damn thing. the "bag" was my closest friend, although it never had to be used.

glad your experience was better :)
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Mozretaliashun on May 16th, 2008 - 03:24 am
you were in IAH :(
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Nicklakeguy on May 16th, 2008 - 06:37 am
yikes, they don't often tell people that the plane was struck by lightning.
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Kylegypsy1526 on May 16th, 2008 - 03:46 pm
UGH... I'm flying home today from Kansas/Tornado Country. Coulda done without reading this till I got home :(

Glad you're okay though!
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Kevin: uncooltau_sagittarii on May 16th, 2008 - 10:19 pm
I hate flying. The last time I flew JetBlue, their jet lost all power only 50 feet from the gangway backing out. It took 1 1/2 hours to get it turned back on and then we had to get in the back of the queue to take off. I got back home about 5 hrs later than scheduled. Like I said, I hate flying.
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