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?
At the start, when the two pilots exit the simulator, they complain to the simulator examiner about "a dumb set of scenarios" and "an impossible set of conditions, who ever dreamed that up". The examiner responds with "It isn't a dream, it happened". He would know, he is the real life Bob Pearson, the actual captain of the Gimli Glider. See more
Prior to the breakdown of flight 174, the altimeter in the cockpit reads 21,960 feet. The next shot shows the ATC radar screen, with the altitude of flight 174 reading 33,500 feet. See more
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