MN Man Experiences Earthquake On 747

By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, Tokyo’s Narita airport closed, ports shut down and rail service stopped, leaving a Minnesota man caught in the chaos.

Jesse Davey was buckled in his seat, ready to take off on a Delta Airlines flight back to the Twin Cities 15 minutes before the quake hit.

“It was quite an experience,” said Davey, adding that it felt like the plane was in turbulence while it shook in the throes of the earthquake. “It shook from side to side, forwards and backwards. You could feel the whole plane, the whole plane shaking.”

The force of the earthquake was so great that it caused the 747’s wings to flap for a minute, Davey said.

“I looked out the window and saw a grounds crew man walking along, and he just stopped and put out his hands, and then I started to realize it might be an earthquake,” Davey said.

Davey and the other passengers sat in the plane for hours.

To entertain themselves, passengers on the full-flight watched movies and ate snacks that flight-attendants provided.

“We really thought we were getting off and not going anywhere,” Davey said.

Then the captain surprised passengers with news he had been cleared for takeoff and everyone in the plane cheered.

“They ultimately ended up, just saying, ‘We don’t know what to do with these guys. If they’re already on the plane, let them go,'” Davey said. “So my understanding is we were one of five planes to get out yesterday, so pretty fortunate for that.”

Davey landed in the Twin Cities Friday.

  • champ

    What’s a 474? Never heard of that………

    • old teacher

      Read it again… it says 747!

    • Human Bean

      I saw it too!!

      • Skeezer

        It said 474… F****** dumb…

    • Michele

      Are you dyslexic? It says clearly a “747!”

      • Jessica

        When it was first posted in the early morning it did read “474,” no need to be rude.

  • ss

    I was one of 14 flight attendants on that flt#620NRT-MSP3-11-11. On behalf of all us attendants on that flight I want to thank all our wonderful passengers for thier patience, cooperation, and understanding. The plane was full and we were on the aircraft for a total of 17 and 1/2 hours. No one complained, and yes we cheered when we learned that we were on our way home.

  • Sarah in Outstate MN

    My hubby travels to Japan frequently. I so relieved he wasn’t there during this earthquake. He’s been in many earthquakes in Japan, but obviously never anything like this one. He has many co-workers who are affected by this.

  • Iconoclast

    An airplane sounds like a pretty good place to be during an earth quake. In the air would be best but even on the ground you would be pretty darn safe.

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