At approx. 20:50 C.D.S.T on Saturday 23rd July 1984, a B767-233 aircraft C-GAAN, Fleet no 604 on Air canada flight 143 from Montreal to Edmonton via Ottawa and piloted by Captain Robert Pearson and with 61 pax. aboard ran out of fuel 1,000 miles short of it's destination.
The Emergency occured as Capt. Pearson reached Red lake, Ontario before crossing into Manitoba, at an altitude of 36000ft.
As an experienced glider pilot, Capt. Pearson found himsel in charge of the World larges Glider, and prepared to line up with the runway at gimli (abandoned airport near Winnipeg) while the copilot had to lower the landing gear manually.
Pearson made the emergency landing at Gimli, manitoba with a 7200ft runway. the 150 ton 767-233 was brought down powerless as teh graund crew had miscalculated the weight of fuel measurement, when they converted the volume of fuel into pounds.
The aircraft suffered damage to the nose gear tyres, and outer skin and front end.
The aircraft and captain are still flying with Air Canada. To land the plane the captain had to use a side slip methond (Full left rudder, and full right Aileron) from his gliding experience to land the Aircraft, to this day Boeing denies that the 767 is capable of doing this, and it has never happend since.
Thsi all came right out of the Air Canada pocketbook, printed by Air Canada
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada