Piece of Aviation History for July 23

1983 - An Air Canada B767-200 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet while approximately halfway through its flight from Montreal to Edmonton. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, Manitoba.

As soon as the wheels touched the runway, the brakes were fully applied blowing out two of the aircraft's tyres. The unlocked nose wheel collapsed causing the aircraft's nose to scrape along the ground. None of the 61 passengers was seriously hurt during the landing.

The subsequent investigation revealed corporate failures and minor human errors which combined to overcome built-in safeguards. In addition, fuel loading was miscalculated through a misunderstanding of the recently adopted metric system which replaced the Imperial system.

The incident has become known as The Gimli Glider.

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