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User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

This might sound a little stupid but what is the story behind the Gimli Glider (AC 767) I heard parts of it but how do you run out of fuel in mid-air? Was it a mis-calculation of how much? And at 40,000ft. I thought that the service sealing is something like 36,000-38,000ft? How many 767's does AC own a operate. And I was planning on flying SFO-YYZ on AC, is that a A319, A320, or A321? As I remember their seats sucked, I saw a pic of a A321 and the seats looked better and the headrests were way more improved. Just wondering b/c I haven't heard of such a thing.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2531 times:
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Do a search in the archived section as there was a lengthy thread on this just a while ago.

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User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Yes the Gimli Glider ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet and glided for 13 minutes to the airport of Gimli, Manitoba. If my memory serves me well they put in something like 22,000 lbs. of fuel instead of 22,000 kilos. The bird is still flying today with a few other 762's that AC has.

User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2160 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

There was a fuel calculation error, something to do with a conversion, AC has lots of 767's in their fleet atleast 30. Its a mix bag from YYZ-SFO, my gf's parents were on AC756/757 YYZ-SFO-YYZ they were on an A321 for their trip last year? So expect an airbus.

Hope that helps, and there is more info at http://www.aircanada.ca


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User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3804 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

Try this site for info on the gimli glider http://www.wadenelson.com/gimli.html

as for the ACA fleet of 767's check their website they have pretty good info on the fleet there.

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