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March 9th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Nightmare flight takes twelve hours instead of four

American Airlines Flight 1384 was supposed to take four hours to get from Barbados to New York but ended up lasting eight hours longer than expected after encountering bad weather Sunday.

After three reroutings, two aborted landings, and twelve hours, the flight originally destined for New York landed in Philadelphia. Caitlin Gorry was on the flight and tells Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes about her experience.


Filed under: Travel • U.S.
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Danuta

    I was also on this flight. It was once of the most frightening experiences of my life. Once on the ground in Boston, the captain told us we were not going back to New York. While waiting for the gate and customs agents, the crew announced that “staying in Boston was not an option" and that we need to get out of Boston quickly as the storm was coming towards us. Though safely on the ground in Boston, we had to take off again and head straight into the storm! The two aborted landings at JFK were frightening and I also feel that our safety was put at risk. Also, there was definitely lack of communication. After the two aborted landings, we had no idea where we were headed. No information was provided to us for more than 20 minutes!!

    March 10, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  2. Cris

    On the map... did they circle Bermuda? Lol, that certainly isn't Barbados.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  3. Anti AA

    I was on that flight... and they didnt keep us informed all the way. After they said we were going to Pittsburg we heard NOTHING for a WHILE. Even the air hostess came on and just said 'AT THIS MOMENT WE HAVE NO IDEA WHATS GOING ON. The captain hasnt communicated anything to us'. Then we were just told that we would be goin to Philli. Out the blu!
    Not good enough at all!

    March 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  4. scott

    I was on this particular flight and do not share the lightheartedness of the interviewed passenger on your show. The Captain once on the ground in Boston announced we would not be heading back to JFK due to high traffic and heavy winds therefore would be remaining in Boston. The next announcement was “staying in Boston was not an option”. I now find this statement strange and disturbing due to the fact that it seemed unsafe to attempt the return trip, which was proved by the two aborted landings at JFK. I feel my safety was put at risk and I want answers!!!!!! American Airlines statement about looking out for our safety was clearly a cover their butt move. Something really bad almost happened to over 200 of us. Who changed the Captains plan and sent us back up in the air??

    Scott

    March 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  5. Stan

    I saw you story on this flight. Winds to 40mph,heavy rain and ATC delays and your dumb question. "Did the airline offer you anything" When your bus is late do you expect an offer. When the bank line is too long did they offer you anything? When the road is closed due to high water did the city offer you anything? Why do expect something from the airlines? Having a 20 year old giggle-box on your show was a real joke. Is this your idea of news?

    March 9, 2011 at 10:03 am |