Passengers describe 'nosedive' after Qantas flight hits vortex: 'We thought we were going to die'

Passengers aboard a transpacific flight thought they were about to die when a Qantas aircraft was sent into a 10-second “nosedive.”

According to, it happened as Flight QF95 was traveling from Los Angeles to Melbourne.

A passenger told The Australian that the incident took place about an hour and a half into the flight, saying, “We were all lifted from our seats immediately and we were in a free fall. It was that feeling like when you are at the top of a rollercoaster and you’ve just gone over the edge of the peak and you start heading down. [We] thought with absolute certainty that we were going to crash.”

Thankfully, nobody was injured aboard the plane, which is capable of holding 484 passengers.

Experts tell that wake vortexes like the one that shook Flight QF95 are caused by planes flying too close together. Apparently, another flight had taken off from the same Australia airport at 11:27 p.m., just two minutes before the second flight lost control.

However, a Qantas spokeswoman told The Australian the two planes were maintaining proper distance from one another.

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