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Engines off, Boeing 767 glides to a landing in Gimli, Man.

It's every air passenger's greatest fear: being aboard an aircraft whose engines suddenly lose power. On July 23, 1983, those fears became all too real for the Edmonton-bound passengers of Air Canada flight 143. Remarkably, the plane makes a safe emergency landing at an airstrip near Gimli, Man. In this report from CBC-TV's The National, experts believe a faulty fuel gauge may be to blame.

For more information about the Gimli glider, watch a followup news report from four days later on the CBC Digital Archives clip 'Gimli Glider' lands without fuel.
• Passenger Bryce Bell spoke to the CBC's Barbara Frum later in the broadcast that night. Watch him describe his experience in the CBC Digital Archives clip 'Gimli Glider' survivor Bryce Bell tells his story.
Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: July 25, 1983
Program: The National
Host: Bob Karstens
Reporter: Karen Webb
Guests: Ray Paquette, Jean LePottier, Keith Berglind
Duration: 2:18

Last updated: July 24, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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