It's the summer of 1982. Canada World Airways' brand-new Boeing 767 leaves Montreal bound for Edmonton. When the plane reaches its cruise altitude, the impossible happens: the plane runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. Captain Bob Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal face a potentially deadly disaster in this true story, as the 767, with about 60 souls on board, slowly falls from the sky. Written by
Did You Know?
Based fairly closely on an actual incident on July 23, 1983, nicknamed the "Gimli Glider". The actual error made in fueling was in converting the fuel volume to weight; this is necessary because the density varies with temperature. The crew used the familiar density number in pounds per litre rather than the correct one for kilograms per litre. See more
Since the former Gimli air base was still in use by small planes, detailed information about it should have been (and was, in the actual event - see trivia entry) available at the Winnipeg airport. See more
[small talk between the first officer and a flight attendant
How's things in the cabin? Busy?
It's less than half-full! But I prefer when it's so busy. Then, I can't stop. Time goes by faster.
Well, you wouldn't get to enjoy the flight, eh?
That's fine by me. I hate flying.