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In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: chopper
Date: October 18, 2022 10:43AM
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Truly incredible.
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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: October 18, 2022 12:10PM
Agreed. Truly incredible.
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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: October 18, 2022 12:53PM
Wow.

I'm a big believer that there are always other options for anything. But many times we just don't know what those options are. That pilot knew one and damn did he pull it off.
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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 18, 2022 01:12PM
Is that the Canada Air flight that miscalculated their fuel load because of the switch to metric? If not, that's also a really interesting story. They ended up landing on an old airstrip that was being used for go-karts or something like that. It was a miracle that no one was hurt.



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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 18, 2022 01:12PM
A similar landing took place outside New Orleans. A Taca flight from El Salvador lost both engines and glided in for a landing - on a levee. It is the only successful landing of a commercial aircraft outside an airport or runway.



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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: JoeH
Date: October 18, 2022 01:38PM
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ztirffritz
Is that the Canada Air flight that miscalculated their fuel load because of the switch to metric? If not, that's also a really interesting story. They ended up landing on an old airstrip that was being used for go-karts or something like that. It was a miracle that no one was hurt.

Yes, that's the one. They repaired and refueled the plane and flew it out for further repairs. It went back into service for another 25 years and was placed in storage. The plane was scrapped 6 years later in 2014, parts of the fuselage skin were made into 10,000 sequentially numbered luggage tags and sold.



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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: October 18, 2022 01:42PM
An amazing story. Had just the right people on the flight deck. Wished they had explained why they ran out of fuel, especially so quickly.
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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: GGD
Date: October 18, 2022 03:05PM
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MindMeld
An amazing story. Had just the right people on the flight deck. Wished they had explained why they ran out of fuel, especially so quickly.

There's a second part of the video that covers the investigation. It's shorter, about 13 minutes long.

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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: rgG
Date: October 18, 2022 04:26PM
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Ombligo
A similar landing took place outside New Orleans. A Taca flight from El Salvador lost both engines and glided in for a landing - on a levee. It is the only successful landing of a commercial aircraft outside an airport or runway.

My husband used to have to fly TACA when he was flying down to Central America on business. He said it stood for
Take
A
Chance
Airlines.





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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: testcase
Date: October 18, 2022 04:29PM
Back around then, there were at least FOUR WAYS fuel could be measured:
1: Imperial Gallons
2: U.S. Gallons
3: Litres
4: Pounds.

Different locations, at times, used different measurement standards.

On a long flying day with multiple stops in multiple countries, the flight crew could easily have to deal with multiple ways of fuel measurement.


All in all, this was First Class Flying under EXTREMELY challenging conditions. I believe that the Captain's experience in flying gliders made all the difference here. Captain Chesley Sullenberger also had gliding experience which I have NO doubt he used on his historic Hudson River landing.

About 20 years ago, Air Transat's Flight 236 ran out of fuel while over The Atlantic Ocean. The flight crew was able to make a successful "dead stick" landing in the Azores.

The AOPA did a humorous 1 minute PSA video on fuel starvation years ago:

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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 18, 2022 09:44PM
Part 2 was even more interesting to me than the first.






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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 19, 2022 06:25AM
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rgG
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Ombligo
A similar landing took place outside New Orleans. A Taca flight from El Salvador lost both engines and glided in for a landing - on a levee. It is the only successful landing of a commercial aircraft outside an airport or runway.

My husband used to have to fly TACA when he was flying down to Central America on business. He said it stood for
Take
A
Chance
Airlines.

We flew them pretty regularly as well. The best part was the open bar, you needed a few free drinks to land in Tegucigalpa.



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"Those who cannot accept the past are condemned to revise it." -- Geo. Mathias

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Re: In case you've never seen it: the Gimli landing
Posted by: blooz
Date: October 20, 2022 06:39PM
I just watched the end of this video in the morning, and when I went to check out some music videos later there were five links to more crash videos in the column on the side!



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