Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Gimli Glider ...

Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the emergency landing of what has become known fondly as the Gimli Glider, an Air Canada 767 that had left Montreal and Ottawa for Edmonton with 69 passengers and crew on board.

The jet ran out of fuel 40,000 feet over northern Ontario - partly thanks to a mix-up over the newly adopted metric system - and lost engine power.

With no chance of making it to Winnipeg, Pearson was left with one option - try to glide the massive aircraft to the little-known, abandoned airstrip in Gimli, about 100 kilometres north of Winnipeg, which had been converted to a drag strip for race-car enthusiasts.

Full story here :

From CP Winnipeg

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2 Comments:

Blogger pissinginthetent.com said...

The bigger story in my mind is the side slip that he did. Just amazing.

7/23/2008 8:56 PM  
Blogger OMMAG said...

This is the kind of thing that really makes you appreciate what people can do in a crisis... IMO.

If you have any pilot training ... all the more.

Tnx PITT

7/24/2008 11:40 AM  

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