Empty Tank at 41,000 Feet, So Pilots Did This

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Imagine, you’re driving on a long stretch of highway when you run out of gas. This is not a good situation, but it's not critical. Now imagine the same scenario, only you’re a pilot flying a commercial jet full of people! That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian plane at a height of 41,000 feet...

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People on the runway 5:38

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What happened to the pilots after that 7:12

- The plane seemed to be having problems with the computer that manages fuel loading. Since it wasn’t working properly, the ground maintenance crew just calculated the necessary amount of fuel on their own.
- Both the ground crew in Montreal and the flight crew had forgotten the fact that at the time, Canada was switching from the imperial system of measurement to metric. That's why all of Air Canada’s new planes were calibrated in metric units.
- The plane was at a height of 41,000 feet when the first warning light flared up. The crew figured that the fuel pump in the left wing had failed, so they switched it off. However, a few minutes later, the second light came on.
- The pilots desperately searched through the manuals to figure out how to deal with such an emergency. Unfortunately, there were no instructions on what to do if both engines are out.
- But the most serious problem was the loss of hydraulic pressure. A pilot’s ability to control the aircraft decreases along with a drop in hydraulic pressure.
- Maurice Quintal thought of the nearby Royal Canadian Air Force Base just 12 miles away in the town of Gimli. Even better, it was no longer in use!
- But the pilots still weren't aware of the most terrifying thing about this situation. That abandoned military base wasn’t just sitting there empty and derelict – it’d been converted into a motorsports park and racetrack!
- The people on the runaway didn't expect to see a gigantic plane approaching them at high speed. But hey saw it coming and got out of the way in time.
- The whole incident was dubbed The Gimli Glider. And after receiving some heat from the airline for that initial fuel miscalculation, both pilots ended up receiving the Diploma for Outstanding Airmanship in 1985.

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Hey there, where did u fly to last time?



Bahahaha how ironic for this topic. The presenter states @ 2.04 “remember, a kilogram is only about half a pound” a kilo is about 2.2 about 2.204622622 pounds)

Author — Cathal O Mealoid


“A kilogram is about half a pound”. He he made me doubt all the year of learning and made me look up in the google.

Author — Rusho Khan


I am the mechanic in Winnipeg that took the radio call for help.
After a quick review of fuel pressure indications . I asked where he was. "Over Red Lake he said"
I told them the engines would be shutting down shortly, you will be gliding. It's unlikely you could make it to Winnipeg but there was an abandoned runway in Gimly mb. The adjacent runway was being used for drag racing . The aircraft made a perfect landing and as luck would have it, the nose collapsed on the center runway guardrail guiding it to a safe friction stop . We flew in the next day in a Cherokee 140. It was a an amazing feat . Winnipeg tower and the RCMP were notified of this emergency. No one knew what should be done. Possibly didn't believe it was happening. Emergency measures were implimented the next year across the country.
..the reason gear collapsed was the emergency prop generator was not delivering enough hydraulic pressure ( hydraulic locked between up an down lock.). Had they selected selector off it would have spring loaded down and locked. A blessing in disguise, they wouldn't have had enough brake to stop it. The guard rail did that.
Ridiculous video people running, give it a rest already

Author — Garry Kakoske


Empty Tank At 41, 000 Feet, So Pilots Did This.. Jumps out of plane with parachute

Author — Rainocool 03


Maintenance crew: Captain, plane’s fuelling system is not working

Captain: well work it out yourself then

Plane: *runs out of fuel in mid air*

Author — Jam.


That's not flying!
it's *falling with style*

Author — KamperOfficial


This is potentially the most uninformed, inaccurate video on the entire internet.

Author — JB 995


“ A kilogram is only half a pound “ who is here due to this mistake by brightside.

In real :A pound is less than half of kilogram

Author — kwik computer


The clip says “a kilo is only about half a pound” ...this is incorrect. A kilo is about 2.2 pounds.

Author — jaik195701


The RAM air turbine isn't the engine itself... It's a separate turbine that deploys below the fuselage...

Author — Faris Mufti




Author — Renaissance Man


I was gasping watching this. So incredibly inaccurate. Terrible information. I hope the UND professors gave you an F on this school project...

Author — Josh Campbell


It's sad how many things that this presenter got completely WRONG

Author — CopperPuppy


My Dads friend was on this flight, but he survived ( THIS IS A TRUE STORY !!!)

Author — Myah Horan


"A KG is only about half a pound" It's roughly the complete opposite

Author — JT Jimenez


"A kg is only around half a lb"

A lb is only around half a it so you and ur animation are wrong, I tell you, WRONG!

Author — Oliver Queen


"A kilogram is half a pound..." And im out

Author — Gold Plated Ghost


Plane: **runs out of fuel**
Pilots: Bravo six, going dark!

Author — FBI OPEN UP


You showed a helicopter cockpit 4 times. Check your stuff man.

Author — The Random Animator