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Airplane Dream Meaning

AIRPLANE DREAM INTERPRETATION

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Aeroplane Dream Meaning. Crashing, Missing, Flying.

Psychological Meaning

To dream of being in an airplane may show you ‘rising above’ your troubles. It is a symbol of transcendence and may promise a release from a psychological or material difficulty. The sky is a symbol of the expanded consciousness of the higher self: your aeroplane dream expresses your desire for greater awareness or spiritual knowledge.

An airport or the air journey itself may indicate a new departure in your life. This could include a new job, new relationship or an adventure. It is interesting to note that to a Freudian psychologist the airplane is a phallic symbol by virtue of its forceful penetrative motion. You may have high ambitions and want to progress in life swiftly. Airplanes are the quickest way to get to a destination. You want to achieve your goals as quickly and directly as possible. Alternatively, you may simply desire to travel or have a holiday.

If you dream of an airplane crashing then this can show that you are over ambitious and have set your sights too high. Materially or emotionally you may be expecting too much and have doubts about your ability to reach your set goals.

Aeroplane Dream Mystical Meaning

Most modern superstitions say that to dream of an airplane indicates that money is on its way. If you are the pilot then you will succeed in a business adventure. If the plane crashes then a business will fail.

The gypsies say that to dream of an airplane indicates that you must share your enterprises with your relations.

Airplane Dream Meaning
An airplane dream may mean that things are about to ‘take off’ for you

Would you like to know more? This is an extract from my book The Hidden Meaning of Dreams – by Craig Hamilton-Parker (Sterling Publishing) ISBN 0-806-7773-6 You can buy copies from my Dream Books page.

Please post your dreams and comments below.
Only dreams that are on this topic about flight and airplanes will be included. If you have a dream with another theme please first consult and post on our online dream dictionary.

Craig Hamilton-Parker – has written 36 posts on this site.
CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated U.K. medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig and his wife, Jane, have demonstrated mediumship on the media to millions of television viewers worldwide. Craig Hamilton-Parker also writes articles and columns about dreams and psychic phenomena for national newspapers around the world.

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  • sandra November 27, 2012, 5:57 am

    What if my dreams are about missing my flight back to my destination: to return work? What is that dream all about?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker November 27, 2012, 12:25 pm

      Dreams about missing a flight to your work may reflect your inner fears that you are unable to cope with the pressure of work. Dreaming of missing an airplane flight is associated with similar feelings of panic you may get when missing a deadline at work. I think this dream shows that you are under a little too much pressure.

      • erin January 11, 2013, 5:35 pm

        I had a dream that I was in a plane with people. Everything was fine but the plane was going in a downhill slope. I said “this can’t be right” but everyone else in the plane seemed to be fine. The plane didn’t crash but went up. Then, we were flying really close over Rome and I could see distinct monuments (like St Peters, the Vatican, etc). Dream ends. What in the world could this mean? ]

        I have been to Rome before (for a summer program) and just recently saw the movie “flight.” The scene where they go downhill in the plane reminded me of my dream.

  • K December 1, 2012, 7:19 pm

    The dream I had was that my step father was flying the plane. I was the middle passenger and my mother was in the back we didn’t crash but there were two periods were the plane would go down in a rush. I could feel the gust of wind against my chest and I could see the water under the plane. We do have a lot of stuff going on in the home. I have a few issues with relationships and with people. Please decipher this dream.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker December 5, 2012, 12:22 pm

      Your step-father is flying the plane. You need to ask yourself what your step-father represents to you. The same qualities of his personality in you are driving your life forward. Do you like these qualities?

    • khanyisile Zulu February 1, 2013, 12:50 am

      I had a dream last night I was saw the aeroplane catch something next to me. Two times

    • carla davis March 2, 2013, 7:00 am

      For years I have had dreams of planes crashing and most of the time they are war planes. They are very realistic and I can always remember what these planes look like. Sometimes they crash into a house next to me and sometimes they are shooting at me and crashing into mountains and the mountains become massive flames. A few years ago i would cringe when i saw a plane flying lower than usual or hear one. I’m even scared to death of getting on a plane though my dreams are never about that

    • Lala March 7, 2013, 7:42 pm

      I had a dream that I was just alone on a plane it’s like I was in front of the pilot’s place but I was a passenger. And turbulence was occurring constantly and I can see big rocks on the way while the plane was moving and felt the turbulence. I really want to know what it means because I have been having that dream many times.

  • Virginia Rathke December 10, 2012, 10:42 pm

    I dreamt that I found myself in the cockpit of a United Airlines jet flying east. I didn’t know how to fly it. There were no dials or controls, just a silver dashboard with buttons I couldn’t read. The plane was flying over the ocean and huge waves were forming, I wondered if they would reach the plane. Then the plane approached mountains and flew into turbulence. I pushed a button to make an announcement to passengers that we were experiencing turbulence but would be through it soon. A woman entered the cockpit and told me I had not made the announcement correctly.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker December 25, 2012, 2:22 pm

      This dream highlights you lack of self confidence about a leadership task you have to accomplish.

  • Beverly December 11, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Last night I dreamed I was piloting a plane in flight and noticed that when I switched seats with the co-pilot the plane tilted and changed direction accordingly. Then I had us switch places again and I piloted the plane with confidence and no fear. I was flying the plane to accomplish a task under some kind of coersion.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker December 25, 2012, 2:20 pm

      You are dreaming about decisions and changes of direction you are making in your real life. Maybe you have had a promotion at work.

  • jessica knowlton December 12, 2012, 2:32 am

    My husband keeps having this dream where hes in a airplane where the pilot never takes off and its driving down the highway and not going anywhere in particular just curious what this may mean.

  • Lauren Stanford December 19, 2012, 6:30 am

    I am constantly having dreams that I miss my flights, and that there are LONG LONG lines to get through to get onto my airplane. Also, a lot of escalators going up and down and those little counter/skinny things that you have to go through at amusement parks. I ALWAYS miss my flights and I have been dying to know what the heck it means! Thank you!

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker December 25, 2012, 2:25 pm

      I think you feel that you keep missing opportunities in real life. It’s not just an amusement. Take things more seriously.

  • Terry Charles December 27, 2012, 3:24 am

    What about a dream where I am about to ride on a 2-man pedal-operated glider-type plane with a pilot who has never flown one before, but was completely confident in his ability to do so. The dream ended prior to actually taking off into flight.

  • Dani Allen January 9, 2013, 7:34 pm

    I had a dream that I was flying a plane, a private jet in particular, with a co-worker from a previous job and she was using the credentials of a different person – someone I know but she hasn’t met. We had children in the plane and we landed on a military base where we had to obtain licenses to proceed to our destination. I’m not sure where we were going. What does this mean?

  • Lynn January 17, 2013, 1:16 am

    I had a dream my sister and her husband were out here on the west coast visiting me and my mom and daughter. We went to a later movie than expected (because I was running late), and they ended up missing their flight. My mom told them to take the flight in the morning, but my sister’s husband wanted to take a flight that night, which was at 10PM. They ended up leaving and taking the 10PM flight, and the plane crashed and everyone aboard the plane died including my sister and her husband. The dream didn’t end there..it was drawn out, and I was with family and friends in different situations, and kept having emotional breakdowns and yelling in agony that my sister was dead. Can you please tell me what this could mean?

  • Traci February 3, 2013, 8:49 am

    I have a recurring dream of being on a plane but it is not flying it is driving on the freeway, then I am at an airport and am running to catch my flight but I always miss it. What do you think it means?

  • Sue February 15, 2013, 5:45 pm

    I had a dream that a group of people were being chased (I was not in the group) by something that resembled a small tornado. It was getting closer and closer to them as they were running with all their might and they appeared very scared. I on the other hand was in an airplane watching them. What could this mean? I can not find any info on chase dreams whereas the dreamer is not part of the chase. Thank you…

  • Nicki February 20, 2013, 12:32 pm

    I dreamt that I was looking out of my bedroom window and saw a Thomson Plane really low and said it looks like its going to crash, then I see it disappear and explode and all the debris come hurtling towards me.

    I had difficulty sleeping the next night. it was really vivid…. seeing the blue of the plane and the name Thomson. I did say earlier in the day that its a wonder that the meteors that caused so much damage in Russia and the fireballs seen in the UK and America had not caused any planes to come down. We have booked our holiday with Thomsons.. so part of me is just thinking that it was all part of that .. my subconscious thought processes – what do you think?

    • Crystal Goodson September 18, 2013, 2:18 pm

      I dream that I was looking out my bedroom window and saw a low flying airplane.

  • Diane February 24, 2013, 2:39 am

    I dream that I am flying in a plane with other people looking at fantastic sites. I am taking pictures and is seems to be Northern Europe. I have a ticket for 4pm lunch and everybody else has an earlier ticket. Someone is telling me how to manipulate my time but the stewardess is watching so I cannot.

    I dream I am standing in a group of people who are talking about their status when I see an old man outside in the sloping dirt motioning for me to come over. There are two horses kicking up a fuss with two girls on their backs. The old man tells me to get on the brown horse. I am thinking high risk but decide to just do it. I get on the horse and we ride on with no fuss.

    Both dreams occurred the same morning.

  • rebecca March 21, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I had a dream my brother and I were in a virtual reality airplane riding over a beautiful ocean

  • Shannon March 24, 2013, 2:09 pm

    My dream was very real, very vivid in color and loud. I was on a plan with people I knew (not in real life.) We were flying lower than normal along a highway. All if the sudden I hear the pilot say he has plans to intentionally crash the plane. Not everyone heard him, and some didn’t believe me. So I braced myself for the rough landing. As we crashed, chunks of the plane were ripped off and a lot of people died instantly. I, however, unbuckled my seat belt climbed over the debris and got out if the plane as it blazed in fire. When I got out, I saw my brother and my dad. They had randomly been driving and met the crashing plane at an intersection. At the time they didn’t know I was on the plane, but had stopped to help. I can hardly describe the feeling I had as I watched the plane burn. Pain, disbelief that it had just happened, fear that I would never get over something so emotional, strength because I had survived.

    Any thoughts on what this could mean? This was one of those dreams that was so real it throws your whole day off.

  • Adam Fortey March 30, 2013, 1:23 pm

    On a big but 70s looking jet aeroplane. 70s as old and worn interior. With a few mates and no one else. Instead of the plane taking off, it runs along the motorway. Even leaps off one barrier and lands on a lower road!

  • Wendy Tuck April 6, 2013, 2:36 pm

    I dreamed I saw an airplane, suspended in air, not in flight. No one is on the plane – no pilot and no passengers. It is empty. The seats are outlined as with a black crayon- they have no substance. It feels empty, still, and silent

  • Hayley May 17, 2013, 7:23 am

    I had a disturbing dream I was with my grandmother who is 98 in her room she was doing her makeup when I heard a man yell out plane crash, it woke me up. A few weeks later I dreamed a woman with three eyes told me my father would die soon, I asked how and she said in a plane crash. My father jets off for Europe next month and I am sick in the stomach, was it a premonition, please help.

  • Tiffany May 18, 2013, 5:06 am

    I’m trying to figure out what my dream/nightmare meant. I was in a plane and it was going down, but never crashed. The whole time in this dream, the plane was on fire.

  • Nelmarie van der Merwe May 22, 2013, 9:24 am

    I had the weirdest dream before I woke up this morning – I dreamed that I was visiting with friends and the next minute we saw an Boeing airplane coming in from the right and I saw it crash to the left of my view. The next minute another one came and crashed and another one. I woke up just after that and it was thundering and lightning (a storm). So, maybe I heard that in my subconsciousness but I am curious to hear what crashing airplanes means.

  • Mari May 26, 2013, 3:49 pm

    I keep dreaming that I am in an airplane and we are flying to Louisiana for a family (funeral I think). Some of the people with me are dream family and some are strangers. And then My step-grandmother’s ridiculously overweight sister gets on. And we try over and over again but somehow the pilot can’t get the plane off the ground because it weighs too much. He eventually splits the passengers up into two planes but even after the woman is gone we always find a second even fatter person on board and the plane still won’t fly. In the end I always jump out of the plane at the last second and kill myself before we lift off because I feel it will crash anyways and I don’t want to be afraid anymore.

  • Kanyata June 18, 2013, 9:25 am

    I had a dream last night. In the dream I booked and bought two airplane tickets one to Cape Town in South Africa and another to a town in Zimbabwe. I live in Zambia. Both tickets were for the same day of travel. Then I found myself at the airport waiting to check in for the plane to Zimbabwe. Somehow the attendant delayed me until 15 minutes when he released me. Needless to say I could not board the plane because I needed at least one hour prior to boarding international flights. The attendant later changed my ticket date to a week later. Then I told myself that I could instead go to Cape Town. I then woke up. What could this mean?

  • Jay Lucianno June 30, 2013, 2:31 pm

    I have had the same dream frequently in the last couple of weeks: My wife and I are going on a trip and we get to the airport with enough time but not a ton of time. For some reason we lose track of time or waste time and I tell my wife to go ahead and she gets on the plane while I attend to something. I then have to rush to the counter and am told its too late to get on. I am then stuck at the airport with a terrible helpless feeling watching the plane take off and wondering what she will do by herself. I then wake up perspiring and run for the coffee maker!

  • Marziya Owen July 4, 2013, 3:36 am

    I dreamed I was above, don’t know where but I was looking down at a plane which appeared to have landed in the sea, it didn’t seem like it crashed, and most of it was submerged under water except for the head which was being pulled by a tugboat, the color was rusty ( reddish brown but spotted) and it seemed like a normal event I was not disturbed or bothered that it landed in the sea!

  • Jane July 9, 2013, 9:31 pm

    I got on a plan with my daughter and a friend. We were halfway into the journey when we would normally stop to refuel. We landed and exited the plane to see we had landed back home. The plane had been redirected and we were back at the start. I kept asking why this happened no one would say?

  • Kevin August 8, 2013, 11:06 am

    In my dream I saw a plane, at an airport. The plane was silver it touched down and parked up I recall asking myself where it was from and where it was heading to. I also walked up close to it, I remember wanting to ask someone more about it but I was the only one there.

  • Anthony Rhaney August 12, 2013, 8:57 am

    I dreamed myself and some people saw a plane crash and we ran over to help, I was rescuing people off the plane and I did not have on any shoes I was bare foot and the floor on the plane was hot but I would get people off in go back into the plane for others. The plane crashed in a park across the road from my house that I lived in on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. I remember in the dream thinking they are going to be calling you a hero but I didn’t want to be a hero.

  • Niamh August 13, 2013, 7:43 am

    I dreamed I was looking at about 10 low flying aircraft – the type that would have been around in World War 2. They were moving quite slowly

  • Hass August 14, 2013, 10:21 am

    I dreamed of flying back to my country. While I was on the plane I met my mate whom we were close friends back in high school. He was so rude and arrogant to me that I couldn’t believe that people would change so fast. All off a sudden I found my self already at my destination. I saw my father but then I though how come my father is here while I left him back where I came from, then I greeted him as normal. After that I saw my best friend in which he wasn’t expecting my arrival and he was so surprised to see me. I ran towards him and jumped on him to give him a hug and never wanted to let him go. Our life was so full of happiness to see each other after a very long time. Then I told him about the friend who was working on the plane and how he mistreated me. Later we went to the other friend’s house to complain to his mum how her son became so arrogant and told her that what goes around comes around. The whole dream looked real.

  • DT August 15, 2013, 11:30 pm

    This morning, I dreamt that I was on a plane on the way to some international youth conference. I stood up and walked to the first row, and sat on the left side window seat which I felt was nearest to the pilot.

    I sat down, and buckled up. While fastening the seat belt, the plane goes upside down. Although all passengers were taken by surprise, and even though I changed seats just then, I felt secure because of the seat belt I was wearing. It felt like the pilot was in control of the flight anyway, and that the plane was meant to fly upside down on the way to the country of its destination.

    Day turned to night so quickly, and I saw the city of a new country filled with so, so many buildings, and from the aerial view, the city was upside down. It seemed like there was no landing strip in that country, and our plane looked like it would hit a tower, but the pilot upon nearing the building took a nose dive straight to the ground, and just before it was about to hit the ground, it made a perfect, gentle landing.

    We all got off, and got accommodated in the pilot’s lounge… this is the first part of my dream.

  • Kat August 16, 2013, 5:04 pm

    My dream was my grandpa and I were in I thought was a plane but now that I think of it was probably a jet. We shot up into the sky so fast, but all of a sudden felt all this pressure on my neck and realized we were falling and turned over and asked my grandpa is this it are we falling. He just replied we’re are! I just stared forward. Then I woke up!

  • Musana Samuel August 18, 2013, 12:28 pm

    I dreamed of many airplanes in the sky.

  • Sarah August 24, 2013, 12:53 am

    I had a dream where a jumbo jet was coming towards my house and crashed into the houses next to mine and exploded after crashing after that I was outside to see the damage. Then I was back in bed trying to wake my husband cause it felt like I couldn’t breath. Then I woke up. What does this mean.

  • Gontse Kgosana August 27, 2013, 8:23 am

    I had a dream that I was in a foreign country, we were at the airport wearing white clothes.

  • Nicole August 28, 2013, 1:11 am

    My dream was that my mother, father, brother and I built an airplane from wood. My mom was the pilot and my dad and I were on the wings of the plan with lasso’s. My brother had to push the plane and jump on to get it to go while my mom got it in the air. The lasso’s my dad and I were holding were used to throw onto buildings and pull the airplane up and over as it would not go higher than the buildings themselves. Later in the dream I realize that this is a race and we were given limited funding to go from point A to point B. Two women that I knew in high school and haven’t talked to for 13 years also were part of this race and crashed and asked for money to help them get their plane fixed. I told them to talk to my brother who was in charge of our funds and then woke up.

  • Jenn August 28, 2013, 11:58 am

    My dream came in a set of three:
    I remember my youngest son on an airplane. The plane was going through a tunnel to get out to the open sky, and it seems as if me and my husband are in back, which seems like we’re walking in back of the airplane as its moving, it crashes before it gets outside. Right by where the airplane crashes was a TV that said the pilot lacked experience (as if it was the pilots voice saying he lacked experience). An old friend showed up and was comforting me and told me when she had another baby she wanted me to be the godmother.

    Then me and my husband were at my grandma’s house and I startled her because she didn’t know I was there. I went to her and hugged her and said I was sorry.
    My son was with my again, it looked as if his gum grew over his front tooth. I asked him what was wrong with his mouth and he cried out in pain and grabbed his neck!

    Finally, my dog got out and I told my daughter to stay in the yard and I went yelling at the top of my lungs for my dog to come and he just kept sniffing the grass not paying any attention to my voice.

    This all happened in an hour. I woke up at 5am to use the restroom, then woke back up at 6am.

  • Rachiel September 5, 2013, 10:54 am

    I have looked for the meaning of my dream but cannot find it anywhere I hope you can help.

    I had a dream were I saw a commercial plane in the sky on fire. I rang the police to inform them and then followed the plane in my car as not to loose sight of it, so I could tell the police of where it would eventually crash. As the plane got lower in the sky and I became closer to the plane, I could see, through the thick smoke and fire, that the sides of it were missing and the seats where empty…I concluded the passengers must have perished.

    The plan actually landed ok considering the pilot, the only one that had survived the mid-air fire, had ejected from the cockpit while the plane was on fire in the sky. He landed next to me and was remarkable fine considering, he was the main pilot and he had ejected before the plane landed, so surely he would be in a lot of trouble for leaving the plane. However, as everyone had perished he thought there was no point in risking his life as well.

  • Sumera September 5, 2013, 5:55 pm

    I had a dream last night where I am sitting in a first class with one of my best friends and the flight attendant brings us things to eat, like chocolates and other sweets.. then it changed to that I am off the plane and I am about to miss my flight and I am running to the airport and running after the plane.and the flight attendant sees me and grab my hand and pulls me in. When we landed I was in Orlando airport in FL. I always have this dream with the same friend in it and we always are going to Florida.

  • Shirley September 8, 2013, 2:51 pm

    I had a reoccurring dream that I had a airplane in my garage. It was really weird because somehow or another my car and the airplane was in the garage together. I open the garage and the plane released and start rolling. Never did I recognize it crashing; but I was screaming for my nephews to go get my brother-in-law to come help me find the airplane. We was walking around in the neighborhood asking people had they seen it, but it appeared only one guy did but I couldn’t understand him. I shook the man’s hand and thank him and apology for not understanding him, but I express my appreciation all the same. And for some reason I was upset with my brother-in-law because he appeared not be helpful. The aircraft was never founded damage.
    It was scary to the point my chest was aching.

  • Scott Fortney September 22, 2013, 1:42 am

    For many years, I have had recurring dreams of plane crashes. The dreams are never the same, but I am always a witness standing on ground watching them come down. Sometimes they’re in the distance. Sometimes they crash nearby. In one, the plane slid down my street, wings were clipped by telephone poles, and it stopped in front of my house; after which, the pilots climbed out of the cockpit and walked away. In my latest dream, just last night, I watched as a plane flew upside down and crash landed (still upside down) on a street, used a forested area to slow down, and stopped on a street; then fire departments rushed to water it down so that it would not catch fire. My plane crash dreams stopped for a while after 911, but have recently picked up. I rarely fly, so I don’t get this.

  • Kendra Wray October 8, 2013, 3:43 pm

    I have been having dreams of moving back to Maui (where I recently moved from after 2 years of living there), but I cannot seem to pack all my stuff and it all is too big for my bags and I always miss my flight. My husband is usually with me (who I know was not happy when we moved from Maui). I wanted to move home to Wa from Maui to be closer to family.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker October 23, 2013, 11:49 am

      To dream of missing a flight id similar to dreams about missing a train: you feel you are missing an opportunity in real life.

  • Jeremy October 18, 2013, 6:01 pm

    I had a dream in a airplane that was taking off from the runaway. While, in the air all sudden the plane exploded in the air with a orange What is the meaning behind this dream blast?

  • jemma October 20, 2013, 2:39 pm

    I keep having similar dreams of lots of planes in the sky shooting bombs and guns, I’m always in my house were I live at present in my front room, and all I can see is hundreds of planes in the sky there not war planes they are really modern planes as if they haven’t been invented as yet, what could this mean as I had the dream several times now.

  • elisa October 21, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Ive had this dream before plenty of times that I’m on a plane we take off into the air for a couple of feet in the air and then something happens to the plane where it has to safely land somewhere. And everyone has to get off and be taken back to the airport. Sometimes the pilot tries to take off again after he safely lands the plane.

  • Patricia Glenn February 1, 2014, 5:46 am

    I had a dream last night that I was watching a large air plane and it turned upside down and safely landed. Everyone on the plane was okay and as they were getting off I was telling them how good God is.

  • Linda February 2, 2014, 9:23 am

    A tragedy took place in my family causing me months of desperation.So I am now living with my daughter. FACT: Last night I dreamt that thousands of black planes flew over her house and at some point the sky became a massive ball of fire. At the same time I could see people crossing a long bridge.

  • esther February 10, 2014, 12:26 pm

    A friend of mine had a dream of loosing a laptop and as she was looking for it, she runs into me. I decide to buy her a new one and suddenly my name is called to board a plane whose destination is heaven

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