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?
In real life Pearson did not return to the smoky cockpit alone, requiring Quintal and Dion to rescue him. He and Quintal returned together, did what they could, and left the airplane by the forward slide. See more
As the aircraft makes its final descent into Gimli, there are several shots of the altimeter unwinding. Descending through 1000 feet, the pressure subscale is set to 1013 millibars (29.92 inches). Inexplicably in the next shot, it shows 997 millibars. Changing the altimeter this much would change the height reading by 480 feet. See more
[after the two pilots crash in the simulator
Is this some kind of joke? There's no way to land that aircraft the way you guys got it programmed!
Dumb scenario if you ask me! Impossible set of conditions! Who ever dreamed that up?
It isn't a dream. It happened.