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Gimli Glider

Gimli Glider is the nickname of an Air Canada aircraft which was involved in an infamous aviation incident. On 23 July 1983, a Boeing 767-200 jet, Air Canada Flight 143, ran completely out of fuel at 41,000 feet (12,000m) altitude, about halfway through its flight from Montreal to Edmonton. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former airbase at Gimli, Manitoba.

The Forward Slip
As they decent nearer towards the airport, it became apparent that they were too high, and Pearson executed a maneuver known as a forward slip to increase their drag and reduce their altitude. This gave passengers the sensation of plummeting sideways toward the ground. As Pearson executed the slip, the aircraft was flying over a golf course, and one passenger reportedly said, "Christ. I can almost see what clubs they’re using". A slip is commonly used with gliders and light aircraft, either to lose height quickly or to execute a cross-wind landing. Such forward-slip maneuvers were sometimes used on small planes and gliders, but were unheard of this was done with a jumbo jet. Forty feet above the ground– mere seconds before contact– Captain Pearson managed to wrestle Flight 143 back to a straight and level approach.

Source from http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=744 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider

Gimli Glider

Gimli Glider Side

My next challenge is to simulate the flight Air Canada Flight 143, gliding down with steep decent with a forward slip maneuvers, let’s see how many people I can saves….

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