Wake turbulence is caused when turbulence is created behind a plane as it passes through the air.
The pilot came on the loud speaker tonight and said something like “ladies and gentlemen, we just hit an unexpected patch of wake turbulence, everything is fine.” It didn’t exactly calm my nerves after what just happened.
Moments before during drink service, the plane violently jolted left, and then back to the right. The flight attendant in the back was shaken enough to cause the forward cabin flight attendant to run back and check on her. The one in the forward cabin was safe because she had managed to grab the handle on the overhead bins.
All I can say is it was the first or second scariest turbulence I’ve ever experienced. The other was a Bahamas Air flight from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport back in the early 2000’s. That plane dropped like a roller coaster for what felt like a good 10 – 15 seconds.
Either way, I wanted to see if you’ve ever had experience with wake turbulence. Who were you flying and what happened?
This was my first experience with wake turbulence and I hope it is my last.