Wish I read this earlier, just booked a Wizz flight from LTN-SSZ for the Swidwin Airshow!
Not to scare you but I wrote a short story of what happened that awful night which is how I in the first place got interested in aviation. This story is written about two years ago and posted somewhere else on the forums as well:
My interest started when I was on my way towards our apartment in Constanta, Romania on a beautiful summer day. The flight was in the evening from Malmö (MMX) to Bucharest (OTP). Bucharest is the capital of Romania which is about 230 km from Constanta, the drive itself taking about 3 hours. The flight takes about 2.5 hours under normal wind conditions with the ideal cruising speed of the A320-200 which is Mach 0.78 (828 km/h) and the flight distance being 1523 km. The plane took off at 9 CET and we climbed towards a beautiful sunset with colorful skies and a peaceful calm wind.
We had a great flight with a fantastic sunset until we got over the carpathian mountains which are around 400 km from Bucharest. Without introducing himself our captain said “This is your captain speaking, be prepared for turbulence... Cabin crew prepare the cabin and get seated” in a strong accent of some eastern european language. As a frequent flyer I am used to turbulence and I did not worry. The turbulence started about 3 minutes after the announcement by the captain. The shaking got intenser and intenser, and in a couple of minutes we were bumping around by meters. Without much knowledge I saw the flaps coming down, but the cabin crew had not even passed by to take any rubbish and the captain had not said anything about landing.
By looking out the window we saw a big city with many lights. My mother who had lived in Bucharest could quickly identify the mystery city to be Bucharest. Later we could hear the gear going down and the plane started it´s flare. The intense shaking continued and the plane was still not anywhere close to being aligned with a runway. You could feel how the strong cross wind pulled the plane to the side and the pilots battling against it using the vertical rudder which was felt as if the plane was fighting against the plane with all it got. On our third attempt on final we had a different feeling, a feeling of falling freely. I can still remember that feeling. Then the tail started dropping and and the nose started lifting as we could see the rain smashing in the window and we could really feel the wind. After a moment we realised that we were in a stall. After about 5 seconds we could hear the the powerful IAE W2500 roaring. You could feel how the plane was leveling and launching out of the free fall. The pilot climbed a couple of thousand feet and the purser made an announcement: “As you can see we will not be able to land in Bucharest so we will be landing in Constanta in 45 minutes”. Passengers were fainting and vomiting but the cabin crew did not move out of their seats. Passengers started passing around water and other food from other passengers and shouting at the cabin crew to help, but nothing happened. We landed in Constanta safely and easily at 2 pm. The airport, which otherwise is a US Air Force base, came into full operation taking our luggage and doing passport controls. Four ambulances came to take fainted passengers. We saved about 1 hour of travel time as we already had arrived to our final destination. This was the worst storm of the year hitting Romania and we were the first plane not being able to land after the storm broke out. After our flight the airport went onto shutdown and no flights landed until 24 hours later.
User Advisory Board Member, Manager of Unity Skies Alliance on Stapleton and SKYTRAX Elite. Called ChristianPalsson ingame and Christian Pålsson since birth.