'Pretty much every one on the plane threw up': Pilot reports horrifying descent during nor'easter storm

  • Powerful storms throughout the Northeast on Friday have led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights.
  • A report from a pilot who landed at Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, on Friday morning described a horrifying descent that led numerous passengers to vomit.
  • "Very bumpy on descent," the pilot wrote. "Pretty much every one on the plane threw up. Pilots were on the verge of throwing up."

Powerful storms throughout the Northeast have led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights today, but some passengers haven't been so lucky.

A pilot report from a flight that landed at Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., on Friday morning described a horrifying descent that led a large number of passengers to vomit. 

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SCITUATE, MA - MARCH 02: A flooded out road with a stop sign as a large coastal storm bears down on the region on March 2, 2018 in Scituate, Massachusetts. A nor'easter is set to slam the East Coast on Friday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy snow and strong winds to the area. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: A person struggles with their umbrella during a large storm on March 2, 2018 in New York, New York. A nor'easter is set to slam the East Coast on Friday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy snow and strong winds to the area. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - MARCH 2: Daniel Cunningham, 22, of Quincy kayaks out to check on a stranded driver in the flooded Squantum section of Quincy, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - MARCH 2: Waves slam into ocean front homes and surge down Ocean Street where an abandoned Jeep sits in a storm-created ditch at the intersection with Franklin Street in Marshfield, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - MARCH 2: An evacuation takes place on Post Island Road in Quincy, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Rubble rests on top of a car after a partially burnt building collapsed due to strong winds in Northeast Washington, DC, on March 2, 2018. A major winter storm pounded the US East Coast on Friday, whipping up strong winds and dumping heavy rain and snow, forcing the cancellation of several thousand flights and the closure of federal government offices in Washington. Coastal flooding alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts with winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and high wind warnings in effect from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic, the National Weather Service said. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
TAKOMA PARK, MD - MARCH 02: High winds downed a tree onto power lines, blocking the street and damaging a vehicle March 2, 2018 in Takoma Park, MD. Freezing temperatures and wind gusts up to 70 m.p.h. pounded the Washington, DC, area, downing trees, knocking out power and forcing schools and the federal government to close. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 2: A pair keep dry by standing atop a garden planter on a flooded Long Wharf in Boston during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - MARCH 2: Water surges down Ocean Street in Marshfield, MA past an abandoned Jeep during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A worker cuts a tree that had fallen on to a house as a storm bringing high winds passes over Kensington, Maryland, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
American flags partially torn from their poles fly as a storm producing strong winds passes through Washington, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
A flight information board shows cancelled flights as a storm bringing high winds passes over Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
SCITUATE, MA - MARCH 2: Waves crash against homes in Scituate, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Rubble rests on top of a car after a partially burnt building collapsed due to strong winds in Northeast Washington, DC, on March 2, 2018. A major winter storm pounded the US East Coast on Friday, whipping up strong winds and dumping heavy rain and snow, forcing the cancellation of several thousand flights and the closure of federal government offices in Washington. Coastal flooding alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts with winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and high wind warnings in effect from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic, the National Weather Service said. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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"VERY BUMPY ON DESCENT. PRETTY MUCH EVERY ONE ON THE PLANE THREW UP. PILOTS WERE ON THE VERGE OF THROWING UP," the pilot wrote in a PIREP, which is a report that pilots often send to ground stations when they face poor weather conditions. The reports usually just note the weather conditions, but this one took it a step further, providing graphic detail that hinted at what must have been an incredibly unpleasant flight.

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The National Weather Service classified the nor'easter (which is a storm that brings strong northeast winds, often along the East Coast during the winter) as "a LIFE & DEATH" situation on Thursday in a tweet from the agency's Boston account.

JFK International, LaGuardia, and Washington Dulles International all issued ground stops for arriving flights during the storm. And according to FlightAware.com, more than 2,800 flights had been canceled as of Friday afternoon. The flight tracking website also reported a total of more than 11,000 flight delays. 

The storm follows January's "bomb cyclone," which led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights along the East Coast.

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