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 in the cockpit and you’ve got the unbelievable but true story of Air Canada Flight 143, known ever since as the Gimli Glider.”


  1. Lyle said:

    Blimey, that’s a scary concept.

    Fantastic story, though.

    January 11, 2007
  2. Liam said:

    Brilliant story!

    January 18, 2007
  3. Gimli Glider Incident…

    Being an ex-aviation enthusiast, I enjoyed this story regarding an Air Canada pilot landing a 737 with no fuek (gliding) onto a ex RCAF flight strip which happened to be being used as a drag strip!
    “If a Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 f…

    January 18, 2007

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