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Old 11th January 2007, 13:26   #1
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Smile Run out of fuel ?

If a Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet what do you have? Answer: A 132 ton glider with a sink rate of over 2000 feet-per-minute and marginally enough hydraulic pressure to control the ailerons, elevator, and rudder.

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I'm sure such things must have happened with most of us while driving with no Fuel pump in sight and tank getting empty.
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Old 11th January 2007, 15:28   #2
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Awesome article... hats off to the pilots for safely landing the plane with absolutely zero injuries...

a really good article.... thanx a ton mate...
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Old 11th January 2007, 15:48   #3
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really good. that pilot sure has some skill.
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"...After approximately $1M in repairs, consisting primarily of nose gear replacement, skin repairs and replacement of a wiring harness..."

Did they get a Skoda dealer to fix it?
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If a Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet what do you have? Answer: A 132 ton glider with a sink rate of over 2000 feet-per-minute and marginally enough hydraulic pressure to control the ailerons, elevator, and rudder.

Read the complete story at

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I'm sure such things must have happened with most of us while driving with no Fuel pump in sight and tank getting empty.
It was a brilliant and astounding effort from Pearson and Quaintal. I hope they were presented with some honorary awards. Even they saved quite a few millions for Air Canada.

Good find manav
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it happened 11years ago!
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Old 11th January 2007, 16:22   #7
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it happened 11years ago!
True, the writeup does not mention if their valiant efforts were recognized. Their efforts had saved many lives and quite a few millions for Air Canada.
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Old 11th January 2007, 16:34   #8
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The incident is also a tribute to the designers at Boeing. For something as complex as a jet airplane to be pushed so far beyond its normal operating limits and emerge relatively undamaged speaks volumes about the engineering that goes into it.
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I saw this incident in natGeo Investigates...

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Old 11th January 2007, 17:37   #10
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Yaa.... I too could remember this incident shown on natgeo.... the program was "last minutes" if i am right....

Great effort by the pilots.... But I wonder how Boeing has not mentioned about Engine failure in QRH... Airbus has it right from its inception.Hmm... now dont ask me how i know it..... i have the luxury of reading QRH's anyways
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Phew! This thing could go as a script for some action movie! The narration was fabulous, let me at the edge of the seat till the end. Reminded me of one of them Tom Clancy type novels, a wee bit shorter though! :P

Of course, the engineers' van running out of gas at the end was the icing on the cake!
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Old 11th January 2007, 22:04   #12
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Here is another picture of the plane.

JetPhotos.Net Photo C-GAUN (CN: 22520) Air Canada Boeing 767-233 by Carlos Fuentespina
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thanks manav for sharing this,
Brilliant article
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I remember reading this news long before. The investigation report showed that the aircraft crew did not know how to do calculations in metric system, while they were always flying planes which were calibrated in metric system (seemed that those guys did not know multiplication table of 10). The end result is in the article. As per the report, the sad part was that the tanks were "dipped" number of times and then the fuel suppliers and the pilots did the calculations number of times and in spite of getting the error, they did not try to cross check with anybody else and took the risk.
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