When most people think of haunted locations, they likely imagine dilapidated old houses, creepy woods, or historical buildings with tragic histories. However, ghosts often lurk in unexpected places, like a modern plane soaring 30,000 feet in the air. Here are five true tales of haunted aircraft. I found the stories on two large aviation forums. Have a nice flight!
One Last Flight Together
“The story goes that a flight attendant went downstairs to prepare the beds for everyone. As she opened the stair house door and looked in an elderly man was sitting on the stairs. When the crew member challenged the “pax” about why he was down in a restricted area he said “Oh sorry, I am traveling with my wife who is upstairs in seat X. She will be worried about me. Can you tell her I am OK?”
The man went upstairs and into the lav just opposite the stair house door. The crew member duly went to talk to the man’s wife who was astonished to hear the story as her husband was indeed traveling home with her but in a coffin in the hold!!
A description of the man was correct as witnessed by the flight attendant and the captain confirmed they were indeed carrying a body. The lav was checked for the man but it was empty!”
The Senior Flight Attendant
“On one long night flight (on a nameless airline), with the cabin darkened and the curtains pulled tight across the galley, I saw a mysterious figure walk down the aisle. She had a pale, withered complexion with reddened, haunted eyes that peered unresponsively ahead. The lady did not acknowledge any of the passengers who spoke to her or tried to attract her attention.
At breakfast time, I asked the crew member serving me about this apparition. She shuddered and confided in me that the specter was know to the crew and called ‘a senior flight attendant.’”
“I work for a handling agent at Copenhagen airport. One of our customers, Sterling Airlines (NB), has an aircraft that is said to be haunted, a Boeing 737- 8Q8. She is known as “the yellow one.” The cleaning staff are especially scared of cleaning the yellow one at night. Some even refuse to go on board. Both staff and passengers have had experiences on board this aircraft. It is said that people have heard thumping noises on the roof (as if someone is walking on the roof), both in the air and on the ground. Some passengers have said “Ohhh no, not the yellow one” when they are at the gate about to board. I know a woman died on board that aircraft. Perhaps it’s her spirit?”
The Ghost of Eastern Airlines Flight 401
Note: Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 crashed in the Florida Everglades on December 29, 1972, killing 101 of the 176 people onboard. EA reportedly salvaged parts of the wrecked aircraft for use on other planes in its fleet, and passengers and crew members reported seeing the ghosts of captain Bob Loft and flight engineer Don Repo on outgoing flights. John G. Fuller’s 1976 book, The Ghost of Flight 401, explores the hauntings and inspired a made-for-TV movie by the same name.
“During one of those overnight shifts in the summer, Jessica (a no-nonsense crew member) said she had boarded an L-1011 and began cleaning the aircraft along with the crew to which she was assigned. Upon entering the lower galley area of the aircraft, she noticed immediately that it was cold to the point of being nearly frigid. She couldn’t figure out how in the world that could be considering this was Atlanta and in the middle of a summer night no less.
Jessica began cleaning the galley, as well as a cleaning of the ovens that she described in detail, though I don’t remember it in exacting specifics. Upon glancing into the reflection of one of the galley oven glass doors, she saw the reflection of a person behind her in uniform. She looked over her shoulder, didn’t see anyone, looked back into the glass, saw the reflection again, and, mildly paraphrasing, moved like lightning and bolted off to her crew lead.
Afraid the lead would think she was crazy, but not caring she asked him “What the hell was that???” “What the hell was what?” her lead asked. She told him what she had seen. “Oh yeah, that, you’ll see that from time to time.” Jessica was so dumbfounded from the response she got from her lead that she began asking around. She got the whole story on the 401 parts thereafter and said she never went into another L-1011’s galley because of that happening.”
“The sightings occurred on TWA also. TWA had received parts. An Eastern pilot was seen in the cockpit once by a TWA cockpit crew as they boarded a TWA L1011. Sitting at the engineer’s desk, he warned them about the number three engine, stood up, left the cockpit and promptly disappeared.
Another incident occurred on the L1011 in F/C. An Eastern pilot sitting next to a passenger magically disappeared as she was talking to him. The lady began screaming and was deplaned due to hysteria. (We joked that she had bored him to death.)
Both airplanes had parts from the crashed jet on them. There were plenty of unsubstantiated stories, so much so that TWA made sure every Eastern part was replaced. It made for very scary moments in the galley, alone on a L1011, at night.”
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