Boeing 767 runs out of fuel becomes a giant glider

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Boeing 767 runs out of fuel becomes a giant glider

Amazing true story about a Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel in mid flight and the miraculous landing ensuring no injuries. Well worth the read, really gripping.

Question: 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.

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By netchicken: posted on 11-1-2007








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