Summary:July 23, 1983 should have been just another day in the skies for Captain Bob Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal, but a series of miscommunications and mechanicals issues caught up with them and their brand-new Boeing 767 once they reached their cruising altitude. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, we talk about the incredible story of Air Canada Flight 143, a flight crew who found themselves to be uniquely qualified for the most unexpected of issues, and the shocking reasons the plane-- now known as the Gimli Glider-- came to be powerless in the sky.
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Sources consulted for this story:
- Aviation Safety Board of Canada: Final Report of the Board of Inquiry
- Travel Update: WHY DID BOEING MAKE ANSETT A SPECIAL VERSION OF THE 767 WITH A FLIGHT ENGINEER?
- Pelham Today: Assembling a tribute to a Canadian aviation legend
- CBC: Pilot of Gimli Glider returns to air strip 30 years later
- CBC: When a metric mix-up led to the 'Gimli Glider' emergency
- Simple Flying: The Incredible Story Of The Gimli Glider
- CBC: Hero pilot is guest for Gimli Glider 25th anniversary
- Timeline.com: In 1983, two pilots miraculously landed a jumbo jet with no fuel from 40,000 feet
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Air Canada Flight 143 - The Gimli Glider
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Credits:Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn