11 comments on “Ghosts on a Plane: 5 Tales of Haunted Aircraft

  1. Interesting about the Sterling Airlines 737. I flew with them, on a 737, a few years ago and just before landing there was a most peculiar “thump”. I had never heard a noise like it on an aircraft before. The adjacent passenger, who said he was a very frequent flyer, said he had not either. A flight attendant looked most disturbed, not a concern that there was a mechanical fault but something else. It was not the landing gear which you always hear when coming in to land, just something very odd. The plane continued it’s descent and landed normally. Probably just co-incidence but it was a very weird experience.

  2. In 1989, our family flew to California for a vacation. My daughter had been ill with cancer the year before, and was still feeling the effects of the disease, but wanted to make one more trip to Knott’s Berry Farm and Sea World before checking into the hospital upon our return. The vacation itself was lovely, the weather was perfect, everything went like clockwork. We returned to Phoenix on the same aircraft we had flown to California on, but sat in different seats than on the outwardbound trip. Suddenly, my daughter, who had been suffering chills, got colder and colder. She had already slipped on a heavy sweatshirt purchased for just that purpose, and I wrapped a Mexican blanket we had gotten at Knott’s around her—but, she got steadily colder. The attendant brought a blanket, and helped me wrap my daughter up like a cocoon, but, it didn’t help. It seemed forever before we landed at Phoenix. It took several hours for her to warm up. What was odd was that the rest of us, my three granddaughters, my brother and myself, as well as the other passengers, were perfectly comfortable the whole trip!

    About three weeks later, my brother flew to Ontario, California on busness, taking the same plane. He sat across the aisle from the seats we had occupied, and witnessed the lady sitting in the same seat my daughter had, beg for blankets–more blankets, please! She was freezing, although her husband and son on either side of her were rather warm, and said so.

    The attendant recognized my brother, and quietly told him she was convinced there was something wrong with tha particular seat because anyone who sat there–man, woman or child–complained of being cold, but had no explanation.

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  6. I STILL get goosebumps when I think of the movie with Ernie Borgnine playing the dead pilot ghost in the Phantom of Flight 401. I was a little kid back then but it really freaked me out and I can still see those eyes and his ghostly visage in my mind…yikes! Great movie.

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