Sounds like wind shear to me. ScaryI know there are some real good ones out there that can be funny as well as instructional. The fatals that come as a result, are the sad part, but we can learn from them. With the depth of experience on AW, I'm hoping that this will draw from the pool of hard learned lessons and avoid making the same mistakes.
I'm not immune from making my share of really stupid mistakes, but to duplicate them has been difficult. Pain and suffering is a great teacher.
My really dumb one happened one night when I missed the fact that a 40kt headwind turned into a 40kt tailwind and I overflew an airport before I expected to (and it was right under me!!!). The reason was my groundspeed changed dramatically and I missed it with an engine that was giving up on me and I got distracted. Fortunately no one got killed but we got beat up pretty good. That happened over 43 years ago and the lesson remains with me every time I fly.
Care to share any stories that we can all learn from?