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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Air Canada Flight 143 Gimli Glider(Nat Geo) Review

Hey guys. I've watched the episode of Gimli Glider on Air Crash Investigation/Mayday.

And of course, it's on Nat Geo. Ya the episode was interesting. Turns out that they didn't pump enough fuel into the plane. Half of it was only transported to the plane.

And yet, it was measured in volume. Not pounds. I dunno which one should be the right one for the plane. But the thing is... I think it should be pounds of the fuel that should be calculated.

Not volume. Sometimes I dunno what the heck is wrong with this ground crew nowadays. They gotta get a more proper training than they already have.

I dunno. But now, I think they did. And I just they're not one of those bastards that didn't take the latest training which is improved.

But anyways, let's get onto the story here. So. The plane only has HALF of it's fuel. Not full.

So the left pump was malfunctioning. Or not working, I'm not sure which is which. Shit.

And it started when the two pumps for the left engine started warning the pilots. I was one before that the alerted the pilots that they have a left engine pump problem.

Then after that, a huge warning came up. The left engine started to lost the left engine. And for those of you who dun understand what I meant, I meant that the left engine stopped working.

Dun be a moron. Anyways, ummmm... ya and basically the two right engine pumps also got warnings. So the same thing happened to the right engine.

It failed. Usually this is a Boeing 767. Boeing 767 dun fall out of the sky when they have lost both of their engines. They have a propeller they deploys under the middle tank. 

With it's hydraulic system was able to allow the propeller to spin and produce enough balance to the plane. 

Okay, when I said the 767 doesn't fall out of the sky when it lost both of it's engines. I also meant that it only lower it's attitude when the plane is in a straight angle.

The nose doesn't tilt lower. It will still be in the same position. So ya, it only slowly DECENT to the ground. 

So Maurice Quintal was the co-pilot. He actually got promoted to Captain after the incident. So ummm... ya they were actually off radar. But the Air Traffic Controller was able to detect where the aircraft was using the old radar method.

So this would tell the pilots how far they are from the runway. So after a few parts. FAST FORWARD!!! Anyways, ummm... ya when Captain Bob Pearson saw a runway that they could land on, he called Maurice to lower the gears.

Which means the wheels for those of you morons who dun know what I meant by gears. So ya the plane had to land without the nose gear. With the nose scratching off the runway as they land.
 Ya this an actual screenshot of the 767 landing on the runway. As you can see the nose gear was stuck. So it maybe scratched and it also may come off the plane.

The whole plane is in one piece except the nose gear. So before they land. Captain Bob was actually flying the plane and it's also making a side slip.

A side slip is very much like a racing car drifting on the road. Basically it's also something you see in Cars:the movie. 

Where Dr. Hudson was drifting when he drove. Okay, I think you guys already know what drifting means.

It's when a car drives with it's side facing forward rather than it's front. Come, let me show you the image of how the plane was actually flying.
the plane performing a sideslip&nose not fully deployed
when plane is about to land on the runway
Ya these are the two screenshots of the plane performing a sideslip. It's like doing a drift, in the air.

But it will cause a plane to lower it's attitude quicker. 
And it's likely to cause a plane to crash if it's too near to the ground. I'm not sure. But most likely.

Most pilots dun use this kind of method to land a plane when there's an emergency. So if they plane had not perform a sideslip.

The plane wouldn't have made it all the way to the runway. Anyway I love this episode so it's awesome.

I love it when there are survivors in episodes. Like this! It rocks when there are no casualties. Which means of lives being lost.

I guess. I think it's the meaning. You can go to find out the answer. Sorry, I'm too lazy to find it now. Heh heh >_o

Anyways. Ya so the only problem was that there was not enough fuel. No a big problem. At least this case is much more less complicated and cause a lot a frustration. Which the investigators find it easy to find out what took down Flight 143.

Well, here are the links to the episodes. And they are seperated by parts. Here is part: 

1 2 3 4 5

Ya there are 5 parts in this video. I found it on YouTube. Usually YouTube has most of the Air Crash Investigation episodes.

So click 1,2,3,4 and 5 to see the parts of the video. For some reason, I cannot find part 2 when I got to part 1 in the suggestion bar. I also couldn't find part 3 when I got to part 2 in the suggestion bar.

I hope you understand I what I mean. Cmon! It's so easy to understand.

So, I'm gonna review either Korea Air 801 or Air Transat Flight 236 review. Ya I'm still a fan of planes. It's hard to explain how I love planes now.

I dunno, I just can't explain it. Just wish that the computer can scan my brain and know what I'm thinkubg if and visualizing it. 

Okay, I think I'll share how I love planes after I submit this post to my blog. See you guys in a while. For those of you who passed the time when I've already finish it, come to this post to read it.

Whatever. Just see you in the next post. Cuz' I'm getting totally off topic. So I'll end this and talk more stuff about how I love planes ever since I was young. Bye!


Anonymous said...

Sam H.
Thought I would add that the planes in Canada were at the time being changed from Gallons to litres. The amount of fuel was gauged wrong due to the change over at the time. The reading were wrong. the pilot of the plane was a glider in his spare time and the co-pilot was an ex air force pilot. the pilot had never glided a plane this big but without his knowledge the plane would have crashed. The co-pilot knew from the air force days about Gimli airport which was no longer in service. Almost all the 767 controls need fuel to work. the wheels cant lock without fuel. These brave people are heros as no lives were lost and the plane was back in service 3 days later.

Sam H. Collends said...

Thanks for the info :)