From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jay Vassos-Libove) Organization: MindSpring Enterprises Date: 17 Aug 95 04:58:55 References: 1 2 Followups: 1 2
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Wish.u.knew@Doncha.megaweb.com (NADIR) (anonymously??) wrote: >The only time I >heard of a major airliner with a like problem was that Air Canada 767 >which was misfueled and subsequently made an emergency landing at a >dragstrip!!..Wonder if they tried clocking his 100-0mph reaction >times<G> This incident became known as the Gimli Glider. The 767 was misfueled because all of its fuel gauges were either malfunctioning or were incorrectly checked. As a result, the aircraft (according to airline rules) should not have been dispatched at all. Instead, as it was a new aircraft, and there was pressure to get the aircraft out on time, the aircraft was fueled with checks done by converting a dipstick measurement in the tanks from a linear (probably metric) measurement to a volumetric (english, since it was a 767) measurement... and somebody got a conversion factor exactly backwards, resulting in *4 instead of /4, so they put 1/4 the necessary fuel on board. Gimli is a disused military airstrip, on which civilians were drag racing and having fun that day - but it was an airstrip, not really a dragstrip. There is a not-too-bad made-for-TV moving called, I believe, Silent Flight, about this incident. It actually does go in to some detail about how the errors occurred, and how the pilots figured out their options for saving the aircraft, plus the luck and sweat that went in to Gimli being in just about exactly the right spot. -- Jay Vassos-Libove libove@MindSpring.com 11575 Laurel Lake Drive +1 404 552 0543 Roswell, GA 30075 Ask me about MindSpring U.S.A. Internet access in Atlanta!