February 14, 2022 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Air Canada 143 Out of Fuel Mid-Flight

Air Canada

Air Canada Flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet (12,500m) altitude, about halfway through its flight from Montreal to Edmonton.

The crew on the Boeing 767 Air Canada flight was able to miraculously glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former airbase at Gimli, Manitoba.

An unserviceable fuel gauge and an error in converting between metric and imperial units caused the Air Canada aircraft to be loaded with insufficient fuel prior to the flight.

The incident occurred on July 23, 1983, and is still widely studied today. Watch the fascinating YouTube video to go in-depth on the amazing save of this flight and the lives aboard.

Source: Wonder, “Air Canada Flight 143 Runs Out Of Fuel Mid-Flight.”

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