Air Emergency: Season 5, Episode 3

Gimli Glider (14 May 2008)
"Mayday" Gimli Glider (original title)

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Relive the incredible story of a pilot forced to glide an engineless 767 to safety, from over 26,000 feet in the air.



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Episode cast overview:
Narrator (voice)
Captain Pearson
First Officer Quintal
Rob Desjardins
Susan Jewett (as Shelley Findlay)
Russell Ferrier ...
Rick Dion (as Russ Ferrier)
Valentin Nedialkov ...
Dryce Dell (as Ned Valentine)
Mike Lummis ...
Dino Calvert
Ron Hewett
Martin Julien ...
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Relive the incredible story of a pilot forced to glide an engineless 767 to safety, from over 26,000 feet in the air.

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14 May 2008 (Canada)  »

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1.78 : 1
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When the 767 approaches the Gimli airstrip, it's free of any obstacles. When it touches down and slides down the runway, it is still completely free. Then, a metal guardrail appears in the middle of it, allowing the aircraft to slow down quicker. When the aircraft comes to a stop, the guardrail is still there; when the passengers are evacuated and the racers help the Captain put out the smoke, the guardrail again disappears. See more »

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15 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Without doubt, one of the most remarkable episodes of the entire series. This is a genuine story of heroism, bravery and airmanship. It's almost unimaginable that an aircraft of that size could land safely with no engines functional and with practically no injuries sustained by the passengers yet with only 150 hours of practice on this plane the crew did it.

Not to mention that the plane was -flown- out of Gimli airport a couple of days after the incident after minor repairs and under it's own power. It'd be amazing if the crew landed the plane with no loss of life, but the plane itself survived and did another 20 years of service before being retired to the Mohave Desert (and eventually was scrapped).

I believe Bob Pearson and Maurice Quintal are still alive to this day, unfortunately Rick Dion passed away in 2009.

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