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May 02, 2004

Cruisin'

The Gimli Glider:

"If a Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet what do you have? Answer: A 132 ton glider with a sink rate of over 2000 feet-per-minute and marginally enough hydraulic pressure to control the ailerons, elevator, and rudder. Put veteran pilots Bob Pearson and cool-as-a-cucumber Maurice Quintal in the cockpit and you've got the unbelievable but true story of Air Canada Flight 143, known ever since as the Gimli Glider."
Unbelievable story- it happened the day before my fourth birthday (1983); here's some video commentary on the event.

Posted at 19:53
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