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Gimli Glider Crew - Where Are They Now?  
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6204 posts, RR: 30
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12065 times:
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Does anybody have information on the current situation of the crew on this flight? Air Canada 143? Specially Bob Pearson, the Captain and Maurice Quintal, the First Officer. I would like to know what they're doing now, what happened with their careers. If you need a reminder, in 1983 a new 767 for Air Canada ran out of fuel at 41,000 ft. It was flt 143 bound to Edmonton from YVR and Ottawa I would appreciate any info. on this matter. Thanks


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User currently offlineDiscoPete From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 11999 times:

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http://www.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/newsworld/...html&TEMPLATE=mansbridge.ssi&SC=MA


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 11753 times:

FYI, it's "Gimli"...named after a town in northwestern Ontario. The jet made an emergency landing at the closed Canadian AF base there, because apparently F/O Quintal had been stationed there before going to AC, that's why he chose Gimli. The subject has been discussed *many* times here on a-net as well, so you can search that way as well.

Ship 504 still flies for AC, and Maurice Quintal is now a Captain. Captain Bob Pearson retired several years ago, IIRC.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 11750 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 2):
FYI, it's "Gimli"...named after a town in northwestern Ontario

Manitoba actually ....  Wink



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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 11745 times:

FYI...Gimli is in central Manitoba, not Northwestern Ontario.

EDIT - ACDC8, you beat me like a red-headed stepchild Big grin

And the airport was not completely closed, only large main runway was closed, and was converted into a dragstrip.

[Edited 2005-08-11 05:26:45]


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11692 times:
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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11653 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
Manitoba actually ....

Thanks...I stand corrected.  Wink

Maybe I should stick to posting Alizee pics, eh?!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineSergeant655 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11629 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 2):
Ship 504 still flies for AC

The fin number for the Gimli Glider is actually 604. The reg. is C-GAUN

[Edited 2005-08-11 06:50:50]

User currently offlineBoeing764 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11606 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
It was flt 143 bound to Edmonton from YVR and Ottawa

It was flying to Edmonton from Montreal and Ottawa.



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User currently offlineN867BX From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11584 times:

Them Canadians have a knack for flying large transport aircraft without power.

User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11572 times:

Them Canadians have a knack for flying large transport aircraft without power.

Must be our bush pilot heritage.

And the airport was not completely closed, only large main runway was closed, and was converted into a dragstrip.

What's really unfortunate about this incident is that the main runway wasn't (and isn't) closed. Gimli (YGM), a former RCAF training station, had a pair of parallel runways. The outer one (32L, I believe), had been closed and turned into a car race track - still usable in an emergency, but with a fairly high ridge across the ex-runway (about halfway) where the track runs.

The other runway, 32R, is a perfectly usable 6,000 foot paved runway. I assume that the pilots either didn't see it, or saw it too late to change. If they had landed on 32R, the nose would likely not have collapsed.



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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 11549 times:

Quoting 320tech (Reply 10):
If they had landed on 32R, the nose would likely not have collapsed.

The nose wheel collapsed because it didn't lock. I don't see how runway choice would have affected this?

Slightly off the initial topic, but is the airport still servicible? Has there been any suggestion of retiring C-GAUN to Gimli when its day comes up?

V/F



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 11516 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 4):
EDIT - ACDC8, you beat me like a red-headed stepchild

Sorry ...  Wink

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 6):
Maybe I should stick to posting Alizee pics, eh?!

LOL!  Big grin

Quoting Boeing764 (Reply 8):
Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
It was flt 143 bound to Edmonton from YVR and Ottawa

It was flying to Edmonton from Montreal and Ottawa.

Oops, how did I miss that one?  Smile

Any chance that Maurice Quintal and Bob Pearson being A.net members?



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User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 11477 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 12):
Any chance that Maurice Quintal and Bob Pearson being A.net members?

Well, we have a Pe@rson here, but I highly doubt that the marketing volunteer of FR has anything to do with the Pearson from Gimli...



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6204 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11245 times:
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I appreciate all the info. about Canada. I'm actually planning a trip there. However my question was very specific. Google only gave me something about Pearson, so, I'm still asking.


MGGS
User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11185 times:

The nose wheel collapsed because it didn't lock.

Ah, right, forgot about that. Sorry.



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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11159 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 14):
I appreciate all the info. about Canada. I'm actually planning a trip there. However my question was very specific. Google only gave me something about Pearson, so, I'm still asking.



Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 2):
Ship 504 still flies for AC, and Maurice Quintal is now a Captain. Captain Bob Pearson retired several years ago, IIRC


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6204 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11134 times:
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Olympus,

Yes you are right. But you're missing the others, the cabin crew, Desjardins, etc. Thanks anyway.



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