On a recent United UA1709 flight into Chicago (hit by a heavy storm at the time), I felt a noticeable descent, combined with two wide banks around 1 hour before landing. Looking at the flight path, I see an S shape that deviates from the original flight path.
Looking at the altitude readings here, the plane registered a descent of around 3000 fpm around the time of the turns from a cruising height of 30000 ft to 21000 ft. This descent took the plane under cloud cover and into the storm, so I am certainly confused as what motivated this flight path. Given that the flight was an hour away from landing, I find it hard to believe that this was a holding pattern of some sort.
Some more things that I noticed during this flight (not sure if relevant) was that a few minutes after this, I noticed lights indicating a plane flying directly above (hard to estimate distance given bad visibility). Furthermore, in-flight WiFi briefly cut out for a few minutes.
Can anyone explain what happened here?