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The plane in your dream shows all the amazing possibilities of change, of varied experience, of romance, business and discovery in life today. But it also holds all the possibilities of failure, of not being able to get your projects or relationship off the ground, along with delays, unexpected threats, and the possible tragedy and loss you might meet in life. Your dream airplane communicates this in the action your dream portrays. The plane journey, for instance, suggests a change in your life, leaving your ordinary affairs behind. It is a journey into the unknown, into taking risks. Perhaps you are making a move toward, or away from, love and opportunity. It is risky because the plane can fall from the sky, and you can meet feelings of failure or despair.

A plane can also attack, and this shows fears, anxiety about being exposed to attack from other people or events. This does not mean you will be attacked, only that you fear it.

To climb aboard a plane is to embark upon dramatic movement from one way of life, or one situation in life, to another; a leap into the unknown, into chance – so it is a powerful symbol of change. Perhaps that flight into chance, into life and its mysterious possibilities might be okay. But it might fall from the sky too. Meanwhile, on the plane you will not have your feet on the ground, you will not be secure, everything is ‘up in the air’. The plans, the love, the hopes and efforts might die, might lead to tragedy with all its rippling effects moving into the web of relationships and events connected with the flight of the plane.

In exploring a dream about a plane crash it took a long time to really connect with anything, but when I did the feelings were all about how there has been a crash of my dreams, ambitions, desire for love and the heightened feelings that arose or ‘took off’ in connection with a lover. In comments on planes above I say, “The plans, the love, the hopes and efforts might die, might lead to tragedy with all its rippling effects moving into the web of relationships and events connected with the flight of the plane.” This was true in my life.

An attacking aircraft: Feeling attacked either by your own doubts and self criticism, or that of others.

Being grounded: Sense of not getting anywhere and frustration; plans and hopes that haven’t connected with achievement or opportunity – maybe this isn’t the right time yet.

Biplane: It can represent a more full contact with flying in a plane, and needs a lot more courage to do.

Example: “I saw a biplane fly overhead. Its pilot was performing daring new stunts. I ran into a house to tell a man who was in bed to run out and see the plane. ” David R.

The example clearly shows one aspect of what a biplane means, being daring in a new area, taking risks in life, braving a new work area or relationship.

Difficulty landing: Difficulty achieving goal or making it real in a down to earth way; anxiety about where life events are taking you; feeling out of control or not being in control; difficulties or fears about being in someone else’s hands.

Falling out of plane: Usually anxiety, sometimes about death or failure of high hopes. It is also the opportunity to fly if you can overcome your anxieties.

Plane falling rapidly: ‘Pit’ feeling in stomach that one gets when feeling anxiety about the outcome of a situation; sense of failure or guilt; apprehension about the future of a project or direction; anxiety about something.

Plane journey: The plane is also a means of leaving things behind, rising above or finding a way of escaping difficulties or the past. It is a way we move beyond the limitations of any one locality, racial customs, family attitudes or religious environments. It is the power of the mind to move among and learn from or experience these many states of being. It offers a much wider or more inclusive view of where you are and where you are going in life.

Private plane: Ones personal activities and plans not deeply connected with other people.

The crashed or wrecked plane: Worry about failing. Can be anxiety bringing down your ambition or adventurousness; a loss of self confidence or mental equilibrium; warning about a business project; broken dreams and hopes. Sometimes shows or refers to a break up in a relationship.

Watching a plane crash: A sense of emergency; feeling you are aware of an important social or national event. Sensing something difficult happening or having happened in your life, like a divorce or loss of business or love for instance. Can sometimes relate to childhood traumas that make it difficult for you to get your life taking flight.

The plane journey: Shows a move toward independence; leaving home or friends; success.

Watching a plane land safely: The arrival back to oneself of the actions, words and energies sent out into the world. As a simple example, we may have a carpet to give away because we are moving. We tell a neighbour who passes the information to someone else. This new person wants the carpet. A completely new person therefore lands, or arrives in our life. The landing plane may also mean coming down to earth again, or making something more applicable in an everyday sense.

The example below clearly shows one aspect of what a plane means, being daring in a new area, taking risks in life, braving a new work area or relationship. David is calling on a part of himself that is withdrawn and inactive to ‘get up’ and be involved in something daring. Sometimes the plane in the sky represents feeling threatened by something new or unknown. This is shown in the second example.

Example: I saw a biplane fly overhead. Its pilot was performing daring new stunts. I ran into a house to tell a man who was in bed to run out and see the plane. David R.

Example: A woman who was a radio researcher was offered the job of presenter. She was thrilled but dreamt she was in a road walking and planes flew overhead dropping bombs and shooting. She had to dive into a ditch to avoid being killed. When she explored the dream she realised she was afraid of facing the public directly, and this fear if left unconscious would have caused her to refuse the job. She accepted the fear and managed to press forward with the job.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Am I taking a ‘flight’ into a new or challenging situation or relationship?

What am I leaving behind or arriving at?

Are there radical shifts of life style I am involved in?

Do some events in my life feel like a ‘plane crash’?

It helps to read this Dreams Are Virtual Realities and also Processing Dreams and Acting on Your Dream.



-dem 2014-08-19 21:21:50


last night i dream about piloting a private jet in day light. I’m driving the jet not to high then suddenly the plane that i’m driving was chased by another jet so i decided to go higher up in the clouds so i can hide from the one whose chasing me. the plane landed beautifully.

can you help me to interpret my dream. thank you.


-mary 2014-08-27 10:25:56

I dreamed I was near a navy base and suddenly what seemed like an motorised air balloon came speeding suddenly down a runway and straight into the sea at the end. We were all horrified watching but immediately someone fished it out and told the female pilot well done but next time it has to be better. it was a practice. The plane was oddly shaped like a plane nose in front but a balloon shape at the back which was white. the nose was blue.


-Lauren 2014-09-15 7:32:54

Through my life I’ve had recurring airplane dreams with a similar theme. There’s always an emergency/dangerous landing (sometimes involves avoiding electrical cables, trees etc) . The feeling of bracing myself for the crash us strong but we always land safely.
I’m never flying the plane & it’s usually a passenger plane.
I had one again last nite. Emergency landing, braced 4 the crash, then a rough & safe landing with the accompanying relief.
This time, I had the thought that I didn’t want to feel the pain of the crash/explosion I knew was possible. And I yet I still had faith we could make it.
I was traveling alone altho others in the plane. It is usually this way.
I’m interested in any interpretations.
Note: I am starting new business & have high hopes for the rekindling of a relationship at a higher level… Thanks


-Jasmine 2014-10-27 5:04:58

Hi, i dreamt that i sit malaysia airlines alone and i missed my return flight. I was running the whole time, there was obstacles to go from 1 terminal to another. When i reached the check-in terminal i was informed that ive missed my flight. No choics but to book another return flight home.. Then back in sg heard news that the flight that i missed every1 died.. Omg. Can you kindly intrepret my dream pls? Thanks :)


-lisa 2014-11-03 7:35:57

hi tony, I dreamt that I was flying in a square formation with others. I think we were either at or practising for an air show. We were all taking turns at being at the front. we all were in different types of planes.
Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.
Thank you.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-11-04 8:34:21

    Lisa – It seems to me that you have gained or have real confidence in your ability to be independent in your thinking and activity. But you are willing to shift in your role, a real player.

    The different planes are I think the different types of people who you fly/work/play with. Which suggests you are a well rounded character, highly capable of meeting and dealing with a wide variety of people.



-Janet 2014-11-07 2:40:15

I Had A Dream That My Friend Was Flying An Airplane. Not Revealed If He Was Flying To Me Or Away From Me..He Was Just Happy To Have His Own Plane And To Be Flying. This Person Lives Far Away From Me And Is A Romantic Interest Of Mine.


-Justin 2014-11-10 15:31:52

Hey if anyone can help me id greatly appreciate it,
In my dream last night I was inside a plane with my friend, as we were in the plane the view of the dream changed and I saw another plane crash into the front of our plane while we were still in the lot of the airport, after seeing the crash I was back in my normal view and I remember saying a joke to my friend and then ran and jumped over a bunch of seats and people to get to the back of the plane so I ended up surviving the crash without a scratch on me. Next thing I know I’m in the airport in Florida(I live in NY in real life) and I met a bunch of beautiful girls and I was hanging out with them and a bunch of other famous people, we were joking laughing and having a great time. PLEASE HELP


-Laura 2014-11-30 13:30:49

I had a dream that a large older aircraft that I work with stalled out and lost part of the tail and crashed nose first into the water, I was watching from the squadron. I ran inside to ask what to do the plane just crashed, and everyone had no reaction except, oh you can’t to anything because everyone is already dead. I ran back outside and saw the aircrew swimming to shore and I helped them out of the water. Everyone was ok in the crash and it proceeded to a love connection of sorts with one of the crew members and myself. I have seen him but have never spoken with him in real life.


-Jacky S 2014-12-12 7:22:48

I had a dream that I was on board of a plane and I was asleep and woke up when the plane landed in the water (in the sea) we then walked and took another plane that also crashed due to engine failure but landed safely.
I had this dream while I was asleep on an airplane! It was a lucid dream. I remember not being affraid and saying that everything will be ok. What could that mean?


-Ella 2014-12-18 7:46:04

I had a dream that I was watching a hijacked airplane. It wasn’t on a tv but on one of those flight simulators. As we were watching it fly over a group of islands it span around several times and then crashed.

Any idea what it might mean?




-oscar 2014-12-30 6:18:49


I dreamt sometime back that I was onboard a plane with other people, but just as the engine was done revving and about to move the tyres were stiff and refused to move. There was panic on board as the pilot asked everyone to calm down. The mood onboard was that everyone would die should the plane take off hence they wanted the pilot to asked everyone to get off the plane. This was later to be and everyone was so relieved, because we all all fellt had the pilot forced the plane to take off off we would have experienced a crashed that wouldn’t havnt ended well. So everyone was happy to leave the plane.


-elensilalumennomentielvo 2014-12-31 1:19:19

Last night, I dreamt about going on a plane with my high school class from last year. We had to land twice because we had a fuel leak. All went safely and without practically any stress. After the second time landing we got a new plane. But then I started panicking because I thought I had left my camera (very precious and important posession) in the broken plane and couldn’t get it back. I then spoke to an old elementary school teacher of mine who was with us (very odd) and he found it in our baggage cart. I also called with my godmother to tell her about the fuel leak incidents. After this, it was 22.55 in my dream, we went on the new plane to continue our journey. Any idea if this dream is trying to tell me something and if so, what is it trying to tell me? Or what does it represent?


-Sherrir 2015-01-17 23:35:21

Hi, I dreamt of sitting inside the plane just beside thepilot and my mom sitting at my back. The plane landed in the water, it’s not totally wrecked but it went down the water. The glass in front of us started to crack open and we were able to get off the plane through that. We swam going up were in I can see light. Then finally we reached the surface and we were rescued. I didn’t wake up after that dream… it just went on until the next dream not related to that scene. What could be the meaning of this dream? Thank you.


    -Anna 2015-02-16 13:55:45

    Sherrir :-)

    I wonder if this applies, even when the plane is not wrecked?
    The crashed or wrecked plane: Worry about failing. Can be anxiety bringing down your ambition or adventurousness; a loss of self confidence or mental equilibrium; warning about a business project; broken dreams and hopes. Sometimes shows or refers to a break up in a relationship.

    Your mother is sitting at your back.
    Please read
    Behind: Repressed urges, one’s past and memories, or what is ‘behind’ one in the sense of having left it behind, like a relationship. It might therefore refer to something in the past, but may be influencing you again. The position can also depict your inner feelings, something that is inferior, or something we have pushed out of sight.

    and please read

    I trust that with this information, you will be able to “piece your dreampuzzle together”.

    Good Luck!

    Anna :-)


-jeff 2015-01-21 15:47:32

Hi! In my dream I am a passenger in an airplane, flying through a city. The pilot is skillful navigating around the buildings with ease. There is a slight feeling of try to escape but this is uncertain to me. There are a few more people in the plane with me however I can’t make out who they are. One person says they had flown with the pilot before and he was very good. The city is blueish in color. As we are flying, a square drone of some sort appears. It grounds itself and turns into an anti-aircraft. It is trying to shoot the plane down. The pilot doesn’t fly past the square AA drone because it will then shoot us down. So we don’t go past that point. I then wake up.


-Lisa 2015-01-24 18:05:31

Plane dreams seem to be the most reoccurring type of dream that I’ve had throughout my life. Usually I am in the plane and it needs to land in an unusual place. Most of the time the plane has to land on a highway or go through a traffic tunnel.

Lastnight I dreamt I messed up the bookings for my family vacation and my husband and kids left without me. Then I found out I booked myself on a plane that had to touch down 4 times in different cities before it could take off for the final destination.

These dreams always leave me wondering what the dream is trying to tell me. Way more so than any other dreams I have. Any thoughts or comments for what I should be working on in my life?

Thanks for reading, Lisa L.


    -Anna 2015-02-16 13:31:07

    Lisa :-)

    I wonder if you are a very ambitious person?
    And I wonder if you approach your inner life with the same ambition?
    I also wonder if your becoming too onesided and if the do-er in you made you lose touch with your inner and/or outer family – your husband and children?
    Sometimes we have to slow down in life, so others have a chance to “follow us” or to give ourselves a chance to “follow others”.
    Your dream reminds me of line 6 in Hexagram 55 of the I Ching:
    6. Striving too hard for dominance and success has led only to a chasm opening, splitting a family. Striving for too much one loses the greatest treasure.

    Anna :-)


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