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That story is true. It was an Air Canada flight (I believe the number was 147 or, perhaps 47) from Quebec City or Montreal non stop to Edmonton. There was also a movie of that flight made (which I watched and recorded on VHS); I think I still have it in my collection somewhere. The plane was a Boeing 767, as I recall; and it was very new. Some of the fuel gauges did not work so the pilots had no back-up to check their fuel quantities.

They ran out of fuel just before they could reach the Winnipeg airport. Someone on the "May Day" response team remembered that there was an abandoned military airstrip which the locals used for drag racing located near Gimli, Manitoba so they went for that. There was a little excitement along the way but they made it (then those passengers who actually know what was happening could go home and wash their underwear). It was a little like the American flight that hit some birds and had to land in the Hudson River a couple of years ago.


On 16/04/2014 2:09 PM, Drew Morris wrote:
I read about an airliner (Gimli glider) back in the 1980s for one of the Canadian airlines that ran low or out of fuel. Boeing uses pounds for fuel capacity and the fuel trucks use gallons so the pilots had to use a conversion factor for pounds/gallons. Using liters, they applied the wrong factor.

On 4/15/2014 8:08 AM, Thor Tandy wrote:
Engineers do but the industry still references the AISC shapes ... it's no wonder it takes so long to do a job! We don't want to make a Mars destination mistake again ... :)

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Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] More Canada ???

Does Canada typically use the SI-equivalent sizes shown in the AISC shape

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