It's the summer of 1983. 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.
Did You Know?
The real names of three key individuals - Bob Pearson, Maurice Quintal, and Rick Dion - and their families were retained for the movie, but the names of other people as well as the airline and the flight number were changed. It was really Air Canada flight 143. See more
The captain moves the stick forwards, yet the pitch indicator shows that the plane begins climbing. 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.
Bob Pearson, the real pilot of the "Gimli Glider" (the story that inspired this film), features as the Examiner in the simulator footage at the beginning of the film. See more