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
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In real life the pilots were not told to use the left runway - since only the right runway was in use (by aircraft), it was considered a one-runway airport, nobody thought to advise them, and they simply guessed wrong. But they didn't have to dodge cars, which happened to already have been parked at the edge of the runway. There really was a boy bicycling on the runway, though. See more
When Maurice Quintal leaves the cockpit after the initial resolution of the pump failure, he is seen to chat with a flight attendant in the galley. At this time, his epaulettes show four stripes. At all other times they show three. Other shots show that the epaulettes being worn, are (unusually) reversable, with a four bar side and a three bar side. He simply got his upside down. See more
You don't want the oxygen masks popping out. It might panic the passengers.
Capt. Bob Pearson
"Might panic"? Heh. I'm surprised they're not back there knitting their own parachutes right now.