Friday, 20 July, 2018

Winter Storm Riley Causes Flight's Bumpy Landing: 'Everyone Threw Up'

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Nellie Chapman | 04 March, 2018, 02:17

Winter Storm Riley has forced a number of airlines to cancel flights and comp passengers this weekend coming to and from the east coast.

Some passengers managed to board a flight from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington Dulles International Airport on Friday - but they may wish that they didn't.

The report added that even the pilots, with thousands and thousands of hours worth of flying experience, were "on the verge of throwing up".

These were the words of a report filed with the National Weather Service's aviation center report of a flight landing at Dulles International Airport Friday.

In Massachusetts, authorities reported more than 100,000 power outages by mid-afternoon, warning that additional power cuts were likely and ordered some coastal communities to evacuate, warning that they expected homes to sustain significant damage.

It was a rough flight for one crew in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning thanks to the nor'easter. It is unclear how many were on board. As the plane approached the runway for its landing, the turbulence was so bad that the pilot sent the communications tower this message. The 50-passenger plane landed safely and there were no injuries reported or medical care needed.

More than 3,000 domestic and global flights were cancelled on Friday and more than 2,400 others were delayed, according to the website FlightAware. A majority of those cancellations occurred in the Northeast, with LaGuardia, Newark and Boston Logan airports taking the top three spots.

Pilots in affected airports had interesting reports to air traffic control.