AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6602 posts, RR: 35 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12574 times:
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
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12262 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.
320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 12081 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.
The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the manufacturer and impossible for the AME.
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 11668 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