Empty Tank at 41,000 Feet, So Pilots Did This

  • Published on Mar 29, 2019
  • Imagine, you’re driving on a long stretch of highway when you run out of gas. This is not a good situation, but it's not critical. Now imagine the same scenario, only you’re a pilot flying a commercial jet full of people! That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian plane at a height of 41,000 feet...
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    Miscalculation: pounds instead of kilos 😲 0:28
    What to do if both engines are out 2:10
    The most serious problem was... 4:03
    People on the runway 5:38
    How the pilots managed to stop that Boeing 6:36
    What happened to the pilots after that 7:12

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    - The plane seemed to be having problems with the computer that manages fuel loading. Since it wasn’t working properly, the ground maintenance crew just calculated the necessary amount of fuel on their own.
    - Both the ground crew in Montreal and the flight crew had forgotten the fact that at the time, Canada was switching from the imperial system of measurement to metric. That's why all of Air Canada’s new planes were calibrated in metric units.
    - The plane was at a height of 41,000 feet when the first warning light flared up. The crew figured that the fuel pump in the left wing had failed, so they switched it off. However, a few minutes later, the second light came on.
    - The pilots desperately searched through the manuals to figure out how to deal with such an emergency. Unfortunately, there were no instructions on what to do if both engines are out.
    - But the most serious problem was the loss of hydraulic pressure. A pilot’s ability to control the aircraft decreases along with a drop in hydraulic pressure.
    - Maurice Quintal thought of the nearby Royal Canadian Air Force Base just 12 miles away in the town of Gimli. Even better, it was no longer in use!
    - But the pilots still weren't aware of the most terrifying thing about this situation. That abandoned military base wasn’t just sitting there empty and derelict - it’d been converted into a motorsports park and racetrack!
    - The people on the runaway didn't expect to see a gigantic plane approaching them at high speed. But hey saw it coming and got out of the way in time.
    - The whole incident was dubbed The Gimli Glider. And after receiving some heat from the airline for that initial fuel miscalculation, both pilots ended up receiving the Diploma for Outstanding Airmanship in 1985.
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Comments • 4 981

    BRIGHT SIDE  5 months ago +1745

    Hey there, where did u fly to last time?

  • Lindsey Garrett
    Lindsey Garrett 2 hours ago


  • Lindsey Garrett
    Lindsey Garrett 2 hours ago

    Is anybody watching this video in 2020 If you are Mike

  • Rick rick
    Rick rick 21 hour ago

    Exciting video. Good all were safe

  • Rick rick
    Rick rick 21 hour ago

    No. 1 kg is 2.2 lb

  • Niña Bonita
    Niña Bonita Day ago

    Cmon guys dont bash he said “ a kilogram if half a pound REMEMBER THAT RIGHT” so he just want to make you sure that you know it ok...?

  • kota neelima
    kota neelima Day ago +1

    how can an aeroplane 1retire in dqesrt

  • Jenelle Raygoza
    Jenelle Raygoza 2 days ago

    You said it backwards one pound is about half of a kilo

  • Xeno Jiiva
    Xeno Jiiva 3 days ago

    They can use (APU)

  • Pugbananas
    Pugbananas 4 days ago

    On January 1
    Sorry but that really annoyed eeeee

  • emmanuel chizitere
    emmanuel chizitere 4 days ago


  • lexi rivera
    lexi rivera 5 days ago


  • darwinda betil
    darwinda betil 5 days ago

    Yes we almost crashed on davao philipines at samal island and there was a huge rainfall luckily we landed safely

  • .logic.games
    .logic.games 6 days ago +1

    Dey fel n' got ben don did

  • Tuan Truong
    Tuan Truong 6 days ago

    But the landing gear was stuck

  • Tuan Truong
    Tuan Truong 6 days ago

    I went to floorida

  • John Snow
    John Snow 11 days ago

    I taught a KG =2.2Lbs

  • Jeanne Richardson
    Jeanne Richardson 13 days ago


  • Fl1ntcrafter
    Fl1ntcrafter 14 days ago

    U know what I don't like about airplanes?

    That they fly

  • Moksh JHAWER
    Moksh JHAWER 15 days ago

    I just eat or watch some entertainment

  • Robert Coutts
    Robert Coutts 16 days ago

    Man ... research better, no like.

  • meow meow
    meow meow 17 days ago


  • chelle roberson
    chelle roberson 19 days ago +1

    Commercial jets don't fly at 41,000 feet that's the first lie here

    • Patar D
      Patar D 19 days ago

      It depends on many things. They can fly at 48,000 feet if they wanted to.

  • Mike12522
    Mike12522 22 days ago +3

    After this plane landed, Air Canada sent many trucks of supplies and equipment to Gimli from Winnipeg.
    It's only about a one hour drive.
    Along the way, one of those Air Canada trucks *ran out of gas* !

  • Aahil Khan
    Aahil Khan 22 days ago


  • Aahil Khan
    Aahil Khan 22 days ago

    Prepare for impact

  • [lily] UwU
    [lily] UwU 23 days ago


    KITUSHINJIS_ FAN 24 days ago

    0:04 0:15 he said "imagine" all u gatta do is stop imagining!!

  • Nnajiofor Kenneth
    Nnajiofor Kenneth 27 days ago

    Wow pilots are so so brave

  • Mr Dub Crazy
    Mr Dub Crazy 27 days ago +1

    The edit sequences are vastly unrelated to the content.

  • Mr Dub Crazy
    Mr Dub Crazy 27 days ago

    Let me guess... 767

  • Songlin Zheng
    Songlin Zheng 27 days ago

    a pound is about a half of a kilo, not a kilo is a Half of a pound.

  • Sean O'Keefe
    Sean O'Keefe 28 days ago

    They didn't need to learn mathematics after all

    KID’S ASMR 28 days ago +1

    You really always turn my day around, and make me wonder about everything! I always learn so much about all these cool things, BASED OF TRUE STORIES!! Thanks SO SO much!

  • Monday Boy
    Monday Boy 29 days ago

    I've subscribed

  • Misha Ojha
    Misha Ojha 29 days ago


  • Emanuel Fryt Santos

    Gliding ain't flying it's falling to the target

  • Piknmup Inc.
    Piknmup Inc. Month ago

    I scrolled down on the comments hoping to find a comment referring to a phrase my dad taught me when I began to drive. “The top half of the tank works just as good as the bottom half” just fill it up. Yeah I know fuel is heavy and it takes more fuel to haul a heavy load but, my dad was never on the side of the road out of fuel!!!!

  • chau anh huynh nguyen
    chau anh huynh nguyen Month ago +1

    I don’t like when it lands in the water and I will get drowned

  • Gangster Vegas Life

    If you had to fly somewhere.. Where would you travel? (Just one place) Comment!

  • Tracy Zhou
    Tracy Zhou Month ago +2

    I’m watching this in a Airport
    I am going in an AIR CANADA plane

  • let's drawing and coloring

    we much longer we jeddah to Jakarta take 9:30 hour

  • abhigyan raj
    abhigyan raj Month ago +1

    Now I know why cutting marks in examination for wrong units was important 😂

  • EXL Playz
    EXL Playz Month ago +5

    WRONG! A ram air turbine is actually a small fan that can be deployed to power a generator and produce electricity.

    • EXL Playz
      EXL Playz 13 days ago

      Also, all planes use their engines to power hydraulic power. And the ram air turbine can also power a pump that can power the blue and green system.

  • Zac Conlon
    Zac Conlon Month ago

    Rat should be in
    Rat means a small blade connected by a pump giving power to some parts in the cockpit

  • Amos Bulman
    Amos Bulman Month ago

    Yes I hate them

  • Mohamed Shifah
    Mohamed Shifah Month ago

    I hate planes!
    1# I’m air sick
    2# it’s bumpy at landings and take offs
    3# u might(will) die
    4# anything would happen!

  • Mohamed Shifah
    Mohamed Shifah Month ago

    I hate planes!
    1# I’m air sick
    2# it’s bumpy at landings and take offs
    3# u might(will) die
    4# anything would happen!

  • Spencer Beales
    Spencer Beales Month ago

    Where's the apu

  • thenamesjesus
    thenamesjesus Month ago

    they got diplomas thats all

  • Angel_ Plays
    Angel_ Plays Month ago

    My cousins plane was like the same like they had really low fuel...........and then they did a Emergency landing and survived and they filled the fuel and then they took off again and got back to there country and not even a injury

  • Hasan Tarraf
    Hasan Tarraf Month ago

    I’m becoming a flight attendant

  • devesh karthik
    devesh karthik Month ago

    i flew to usa

  • HazzThe Spaz
    HazzThe Spaz Month ago

    They would deploy the rat

  • hate me now
    hate me now Month ago

    This happened to me when I was 4

  • Ghala Alenazi
    Ghala Alenazi Month ago +1

    I have no idea why I cried at the ending.. 😶

  • MooMooBoogs
    MooMooBoogs Month ago

    Is Pearson airport named after pearson

    • Poisson Volant
      Poisson Volant Month ago

      The airport is named for former PM Lester Pearson. The names are just coincidental.

  • 30 second Dies
    30 second Dies Month ago

    Cool video btw where did you copy this from

  • Lean Beam
    Lean Beam Month ago

    Wow!!! Just the chills that went through my body on everything that went great at the hands of the outstanding pilots & maneuvers that lead to everyone,(on the ground & N the plane)ended up safe @ the end of the day!🤗

  • Artin T.
    Artin T. Month ago +2

    2:06 kilo is half a pound!! NO IT’S NOT!!