Saturday, October 6, 2012

Flying Turbulent Skies

For 5 seconds, my life and the future that I have envisioned for myself flashed right before my eyes. I didn't know near-death experiences (which felt like it) could feel like that. And I didn't know I'd soon be tasting its violent reaction last night, on my way home.


Our plane just left from Iloilo airport. And just 18 minutes after we ascended into the clouds, our aircraft experienced what would be a 5-second turbulence. In a passengers perspective, the whole thing felt as if the plane shifted into so many directions. I could hear the disturbing rattling of the metal objects from the rear end of the plane. I could hear the worried sighs of the people around me, let alone the hand-and-thumb-clinching of passengers that held so tightly on their seat handles and rosaries. I felt the plane descend and then fly right back up. 

I was both nervous and scared. I had no one's hand to hold at that time since Rubel flew with a different airline --- so those 5 seconds felt more intense. It made me think if I'll ever get myself into another airplane ride. I felt claustrophobic beyond my wits. My heart was on a loud and hard rhythm, as I waited for the 'seatbelt sign' to finally switch off.


Minutes later, the pilot announced that we were on our final descent to Manila. We were just 20 minutes away when another turbulence was felt yet again. But this time, it was manageable. And when the plane landed smoothly on the NAIA 3 terminal track, I breathed a sigh of relief. 

But the question here remains, will I be flying again? YES, would be my answer. Other than the fact that I have 2 more plane tickets to use this year -- I don't think I would ever change my mode of transportation when globe-trotting. And just like canyoneer Aron Ralston, I will continue on with what makes me happy despite those trying times -- my passion for traveling!

So thank you to Cebu Pacific's pilots for reassuring everyone's safety, especially mine. I really commend you for flying us safely. 

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

75 comments:

Franc Ramon said...

I experienced several turbulence already by now. I also had an experience where we had to use the oxygen mask and of course, bad landings but I still haven't developed a fear of flying.

Jeffrey Rilles said...

Hala, katakot naman Mai! I've experienced the same on 2011, the flight was from Manila going to Cebu grabe katakot- napadasal ako ng hindi makalanding kasi malakas ang hangin at ulan:

Mary Anne Velasco said...

Hello Mai! Yayks! Those five seconds were terrible to think about. I am just glad that you are safe. Two more tickets to use? Awesome!


Hopefully, your next flights are going to be smoother than ever.


Have a great day!

Violy said...

I hate flying! ;( i have Expirienced the same so many times even with the jumbo plane going to Rome. If I can avoid flying I would, but we simply can't! It's a necessary evil. ;( specially for travel lovers like us. Everytime I get scared I always tell myself over and over again that flying is still the best and safest way to travel! ;)

Jem Alvarado said...

I think flying is a great experience. There are mix emotions and you will never know what will happen while you are in the air - sometimes you may encounter bad weather but the importantly you stay calm, pray and trust the pilot and flight attendant.

ChrisAir Abenes said...

you must be nervous by that experience, I wonder what comes to your mind first whenexperiencing such turbulance

donnaut said...

Im sure nothing will scare u bad enough to travel... Fly safe! ♡

Myk Malag said...

Turbulence up in the air really disturbs the serenity of flights even though the crew tells that it is just normal. I do too feel fear when this happens during a flight...

Myk Malag said...

Turbulence up in the air really disturbs the serenity of flights even though the crew tells that it is just normal. I do too feel fear when this happens during a flight...

ronleyba said...

Nice to know you landed sound and safe. Oh, since you just mentioned the life champion Aron Ralston, I really love that life movie of him. Heartbreaking (on how he tried to escape) but very inspiring (his bravery is beyond words).

Kulapitot said...

i love to travel but im scared to travel.. i think i have a phobia na sumakay ng eroplano .. i experienced also what you've experinece on the same airline.. during my time , they even transferred our arrival to clark due to circumstances... fell ko nga last day ko na yun ..

dimaks said...

Turbulence is felt stronger if you sit at the back part of the plane. So next time you fly, do your best to avoid that place of seat ~ http://the-urban-walker.blogspot.com/

Teresa Martinez said...

That must have been quite an experience but we can never really abandon what we like doing for some things that cannot really be fully controlled such as taking the plane for regular travelers like you. Be safe!

Mai_Flores said...

Thanks for this info, Dimaks! I didn't know this until you mentioned it. I was actually seated at the back part of the plane -- 27th to be exact. :(

Mai_Flores said...

Exactly! It is indeed a necessary evil for us travelers :/ But I do love you mantra, Violy! Let me apply that. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Nakakatakot talaga noh? Ibang klase din kasi pag ikaw na ang nakaranas. Normal man sa iba esp. para sa mga airline crew pero ibang klase pa rin po talaga yung pakiramdam. :/

Mai_Flores said...

Oh, now that's scarier! I don't ever want to experience that.. :/ But good for you Franc. I don't think I have fears of flying naman.. I just don't like the feeling of those sudden bumps and thuds when up in the air. :/ It makes things unstable for me.. my mind just goes to places unimaginable (not the cuckoo type..hehe)!

Ricky Bernardino said...

Most of us who travels a lot at one time have this similar experience. I had mine during typhoon Basyang from Davao-Manila-KL can you just imagine experiencing turbulence twice. It made me realized how quickly can life be taken from us but God did not make it happen.

Anyway as I always practice to pray (I pray everyday but I pray harder when I am taking a plane) before my flight. And I also try to schedule my trips not during typhoon season.


=)

Pal Raine said...

Turbulence? Whew so scary. Thanks God you made it safely. ^_^

pinoychocophile said...

I definitely love travelling by plane, they said that the most dangerous routine is the take-off of and touchdown, turbulence/air pockets are very common and should not cause worry but it gets annoying with there's too much of them...

Mai_Flores said...

I do the same thing, Ricky. :) It was also just as timely. I booked my ticket for Iloilo last May. I usually book my trips ng October onwards since it's already a safe month (no more typhoons or at least less/milder versions of it).. I guess we just really passed through a thick cloud or something, thus the traumatic turbulence. Nonetheless, I'm still thankful that all of us on board were brought back to Manila safely. :)

Mai_Flores said...

I so agree, Ms. Teresa! Thank you for the well wishes. :)

Jason Cruz said...

Air turbulence is no joke; I had the heart-in-my-throat moment when we hit turbulence on the way to Bacolod - and I was in the bathroom. Horrible.

Donald Pagulong said...

Thanks, you've landed safe at Manila. It was a scary experience indeed.

http://hobodiaries.weebly.com said...

i hate turbulence myself. it's such a bummer

Franc Ramon said...

Flying is still the safest way to travel though. It's just unfortunate that there are some turbulence we encounter flying.

ana karen said...

what a description in there!!! whoah!!! that's why i hate long trips on air... but i have no choice.. i wonder in what scale the turbulence it was (if it can ever be measured other than passengers reciting all the rosary mystery).

but i understand it's really scary especially with the cases of (small) plane crashing in the Philippines... :(

Mai_Flores said...

Dimaks actually said that it can be felt more when you're seated at the back. In my case, I was on the 27th seat. And believe me, it was really scary on my end. I had nothing to compare nor measure it to except that it shook me literally and figuratively. :(

www.pinayrn.com said...

I feel for you!.. I also experienced mind wrecking turbulences.. It felt like the plane was going down any moment.. These moments make you appreciate life and thank God for an extended life.. :)

The City Roamer said...

we really have to face our fear if we want to reach our destination... whether traveling, or in life :)

Sky Summer said...

Mai, buti turbulence lang na exp mo, some years ago, on way to my home town. One of the engine had a failure and people doesn't notice it as the staff was very busy entertaining them with in flight games :) Just as the games ended, the engine went back on. Only few people knew what had happened in those 3-5 minutes of hell. I was like calling all the angels and saints to ensure our landing safely. Good thing the FA were very good in handling that kind of situation. Or else, all went to panic and went rattled. But that experience doesn't feign me to travel, but it encourages me more. :)

SassyChick said...

I know the feeling! I had the same experience on my flight from Chicago to Alabama when we encountered a thunderstorm mid-flight. Good thing Hubby was with me at that time...:-)

Che said...

Oh.. I think I would cry if this happens to me esp if I have my kids with me. How will I pacify them and reassure them? I wouldn't want to experience this. Glad you're home safe.

Mai_Flores said...

OMG! That's way scarier, Sky! How'd you know that there was engine failure? Wait.. baka ayoko ng malaman ang mga detalye! Hehehe.. Necessary evil nga ika nga ni Violy.. it's always the best and fastest means to travel. Kaya papa sa-Diyos na lang talaga natin palagi ang pagbbiyahe natin. :)

Mai_Flores said...

So true! :)

Sky Summer said...

since I seated on row 15, so I can clearly hear of the engine if still functioning or not. Then, it's just went mute. Buti na lang talaga, nagpa games kagad mga FA, parang wlang nangyari. hehehe.

Mai_Flores said...

Grabe Sky!!! Ayoko ma-experience yan, promise! Hahaha!

Ness Mercader said...

Scary.. Everytime I travel, I pray for a safe flight. Its just too scray. Good thing, our pilots are really skilled.

Shirgie Scf said...

Oh my God, that was such a traumatic event. I salute you for being brave and for fighting for your passion despite that traumatic incident

Gay Mitra-Emami said...

Had a traumatic experience too while flying Air Asia from Clark to Kota Kinabalu. There was a typhoon then in Region 3 :( Plane dropped a few meters.

Marie Mirage said...

I hate those the most, yes, you feel as though it's your last day on earth...lols! It wouldn't help if have kids traveling with me...chaos!

Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons said...

wow! i guess you shud try to land on a now or some country which is windy! I've been to every turbulence and i know how scary it is! haha I've got a lot of experience already hehe xx

Mai_Flores said...

Huwat?!?!?! Now that's a lot scarier?! Waaaah Gay.. I have two more flights for this year, and I'm scared more than ever... hahahah!

Mai_Flores said...

So true.. But it's also very scary to experience such when you're alone.. I had no one to divert my worries kasi.. huhu :(

Mai_Flores said...

Mabuti na lang kamo talaga sis. :)

Mai_Flores said...

I actually tried to be calm and to show no fear. But my heart was really pounding so hard. I was also imagining the people inside the plane who had their kids with them. Nag-wonder din ako how they're handling it..

Demi Barbra Angeles said...

I haven't been on a plane myself (to think I'm already 22) but the turbulence as I have watched from movies are scary :( glad you were able to land safely.

Mai_Flores said...

Don't worry Demi.. I was actually 23 already when I first traveled via plane.. in my 5 years of riding the plane, this was the only time that I experienced a turbulence as heavy as that. :/ Nonetheless, I guess it's really part of the journey.. and I am really glad that I got through it in one piece. :)

yaniconquistadora said...

I experienced turbulence too some 6 years ago on our way to Bohol. Geee..I don't wanna repeat the same experience again. Like you, I felt like dying :(

mark pogi said...

I've been into a plane once and so far, I haven't experience any turbulence during those times.

Marri Bermudez said...

Oh my! This is very frightful indeed! I have second thoughts of riding on a plane. :( How am I suppose to travel the world with this fear of heights? Well, maybe I'll cross the bridge when I get there... :)

Thank GOD you're all safe and went home without any scratch,

Mai_Flores said...

Waaah! Ang lupet naman nyan! :/

Justin Queyquep said...

During my experience with the turbulence, I manage to stay calm, panic will not do anything good. (Keeping myself positive since I have a flight on Friday, let's do it!) :D

Mai_Flores said...

I know.. sad but true.. it's something that we really have to face, especially for us avid travelers.

Mai_Flores said...

Have a safe trip, Justin!!! My prayers are with you. :)

Airra Pingol said...

I haven't been on a plane. but im really afraid of heights. its just too scary..
but then thank God you had a safe flight :)

Mai Flores said...

HI Mary! I actually had another turbulent ride in December. A little subtle though but still mind boggling! Hehe.

Mai Flores said...

True. If it's your time, it's your time diba?

Mai Flores said...

More than nervous actually! I was scared beyond my wits..

Mai Flores said...

And I hope we never get to experience it anymore..hehe!

Mai Flores said...

Correct! :)

Mai Flores said...

Hehehe.. pero nakakatakot pa rin talaga! very traumatizing!

Mai Flores said...

Gosh, kakaTraumatize naman non!

Mai Flores said...

Yep! :)

Mai Flores said...

I know.. Not only annoying, but pretty nerve-wracking too!

Mai Flores said...

Indeed! :/

Mai Flores said...

I know, right?

Mai Flores said...

yes, I do agree with that!

Mai Flores said...

Good thing your hubby was with you. As for me, I only had myself to hug and comfort..hehe!

Mai Flores said...

huhuh.. thanks for recognizing that! :P

Mai Flores said...

grabe, kakatakot noh?

Mai Flores said...

Huhu.. super scary noh!

Mai Flores said...

Naku, wag mo ng isipin. Nakakabaliw lang!

Mai Flores said...

kaso pinakamabilis magTravel by plane. Ipapa-sa-Diyos na lang natin ang trips natin. :)

Mai Flores said...

Thanks sis! :)

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