Special Sub-Topic: The Gimli Glider
|What was the original route for Air Canada 143?|
Montreal to Edmonton. Air Canada 143 was en route from Montreal, Quebec to Edmonton, Alberta when they attempted to divert to Winnipeg after running out of fuel. They made a crash landing at a previously used runway at what is now Gimli Motorsports Park.
|The flight number AC 143 was retired after the accident.|
f. AC 143 continues to be used for the Montreal to Edmonton route. Even the plane involved in the accident continued to fly until 2008, when it was retired.
|Who was the captain of this flight?|
Bob Pearson. Bob Pearson at the time was 48 years old and had 15,000 hours of flying time. He also had some gliding experience at St. Lezard, where he attended a flying club.
|The digital fuel gauges were out of service.|
t. The digital fuel gauges were out of service. The components that controlled it had not been made properly. In Montreal, there was no spare part to replace it.
|When the airplane landed, what did it crash into?|
A Guard Rail. The airplane barely stopped, but countless lives were saved because the landing gear on the nose did not lock. That way it could stop more quickly.
|How much fuel was required for the trip?|
22,300 kilograms. Actually, the plane left with only 22,300 pounds of fuel. It required 22,300 kilograms of fuel. A pound is about one-half a kilogram, so the plane left with half the fuel required.
|What type of plane was involved in the accident?|
Boeing 767. This plane was a brand new Boeing 767 that Air Canada had recently acquired. it was only carrying a small number of passengers on that flight.
|What was the first problem that the plane faced?|
Low Fuel Pressure. After a normal flight halfway to Edmonton, the plane got a low fuel pressure warning which lead to a series of events. These include engine failure, unlocked landing gear, and being too high from the runway.
|All the emergency slides on the airplane reached the ground.|
f. Because of the landing gear being unlocked, the rear slides did not reach the ground due to being at a steep angle. The front slides were not at such a steep angle.
|Did everyone on board survive?|
y. Fortunately, everyone survived. The experienced crew and the excellent training proved to be useful in this accident.
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