Flying in an aircraft can be a terrifying experience for anybody. Even seasoned travelers might get the spook of their lives at one point in time. The reality is that the aircraft carry too many people at one time, and just one tiny mistake can lead to their doom. Nature is completely unpredictable so this amps up the risk factor up a few notches.
But believe it or not, the odds are ever in your favor. Although we hear so many reports about plane crashes or malfunctions on the news, there is probably an equal amount if not more of car, bus or even train accidents every day. The reason why we fear air travel so much is because it’s fairly new. You might wonder how that might be, but just imagine that people were walking the earth and swimming in the seas long before they soared the sky.
More often than not we hear of people being afraid of flying. Although some might say there is no reason to be, the fact is that traveling airborne is a fairly new thing compared to the other methods of transportation. To top it all off, the stories that we hear about it can make us want to stay rooted to the ground as much as possible. Even the most innocent problematic landings can be so traumatic, we might never want to fly in a plane again. Don’t even get us started on the different types of winds and storms looming in the sky, it’s a surefire way of making us glue our lovely behinds to the surface of our comfiest bed and never have to get up to do anything that defies gravity.
This AirBerlin flight had a heart-stopping failed landing at Madeira Airport in September 2017. During the first week of September, the Madeira airport was whipped by strong winds coming from the north, and there were many cancellations and diverted flights on this particularly hellish day. Passengers on board these flights landing in Madeira were faced with a bumpy set down.
Crosswinds cause planes to make rough landings. This AirBerlin pilot struggled when approaching the runway and just when everyone thought that the plane is going to land, it went up in the air. The airplane had several failed landing attempts, but it eventually managed to land to safety.
Statistically speaking, air travel is the safest method of transportation, a bit of turbulence can put even the most seasoned traveler at the edge of their seat. Passengers are often disturbed because they don’t know what might happen and how the plane might react.
Turbulence is common, both close to the ground and in the air, because airplanes move on air currents and most of the time they are smooth. Air currents can get a bit violent at times, just like the ocean, causing the plane to sway in the sky, and scare the passengers.
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