Case Study: Why Math is Important

An Air Canada flight from Montreal to Vancouver via Ottawa (I think) in about 1983 ran out of fuel somewhere over Manitoba and ended up doing a dead-stick, power off landing in Gimli, Man. Cause: fuelers used wrong units of measure and wrong conversions to load too little fuel on the plane; pilots failed to check the fuel levels. Fortunately, one of the pilots was an experienced glider pilot, although a 767 glides differently than a sailplane.

The point: shouldn’t this be considered a sorta successful flight, even though the slip up was early, which led to a no power landing at an abandoned airstrip that was being used (legally) for drag racing? After all, the plane did make it half-way across Canada. Partial credit, right?

from my incessant reading on the Chronicle fora

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