Flight Free Falls For 10 Seconds, Nosedives After Hitting Vortex From Another Plane
A Qantas Airways airliner hit a vortex causing the plane to suddenly nosedive for 10 seconds. The airplane’s free fall while flying at 30,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean caused hundreds of terrified passengers to believe the end was near.
Qantas Airways flight QF94 departed from Los Angeles en route to Melbourne, Australia, at 11:29 p.m on Sunday night, 49 minutes behind schedule. Qantas Airways QF12 flight took off from L.A. at 11:27 p.m. on Sunday night, 57 minutes late.
Flight QF94 hit the other plane’s wake and the vortex caused the Qantas A380 commercial airliner to plunge towards the sea for 10 seconds. Thankfully, the pilot was able to navigate the plane out of the nosedive and luckily none of the passengers were injured. The A380 has a seating capacity of 484 passengers and this particular flight was said to be three-quarters full.
Passengers aboard the superjumbo jet thought they were going to die when the plane began to free fall. Many travelers held hands in what they believed was going to be their final moments.