So I think I've developed a severe phobia of flights now, especially after what happened today... Extreme turbulence and an horrible horrible landing I've never experienced before in all my life. The plane jolted to one side during landing with massive impact, and especially with family on board next to me I was absolutely petrified for them. Afterwards I was panting, in shock and almost had a panic attack. I know this is a 1/1000 incident but I am dreading literally dreading the flight back and I don't know how to overcome this fear. Especially after my last flight 2 weeks ago where the plane bounced off the ground when landing... now this has just amplified my phobia even further. Always used to love flying now I think I've developed a phobia of flying.
Thanks in advance for your replies.
Most Helpful Girl
I've had serious anxiety with flying too!! Especially when there is turbulence! This may sound kinda cheesy but try a breathing technique! Maybe inhale for 6 counts and exhale for 8 counts. Also, I noticed when I'm freaking out internally, I look around to see if anyone else is getting nervous. If no one is freaking out then there is no reason for me to do so. Lastly, a lot of flights are offering Wifi now so maybe download a good movie that will distract you!!1
Most Helpful Guy
The plane swinging to one side is because the pilot has to point the nose at an angle to the wind which means he has to straighten out the moment the main gear touches the ground. The big impact is him essentially flying it into the runway to make sure the tyres get traction and so that he doesn't either bounce or skid - normal thing when it's a little windy. It's well below what the plane is designed to take :P.
Bouncing the plane usually happens to newb co-pilots fresh out of flight school who are afraid to put her down hard - they overshoot the markings, panic & end throwing it down TOO hard which means they bounce.
The plane isn't deflected all that much unless it's exceptionally windy, if you saw it from the outside you'd laugh - it's just magnified inside and probably by your own mind. Then there are limits to how much wind there can be before a pilot is not allowed to land.
Most people scared of flying are much better once the entire process is explained to them.4
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