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  •  This reminds me of the famous Gimli Glider (10+ / 0-)

    An Air Canada 767, which ran out of fuel in-flight and had to make a landing as a glider, at the Gimli airport.

    In short, while Canada was getting used to the (then recent) conversion to the metric system, fuel calculations involved a series of measurements and conversions between volume and weight.

    A calculation that inadvertently used kilograms instead of pounds, or vice-versa, resulted in the aircraft taking off with about half of the fuel that it actually needed to complete the flight.

    It literally ran out of fuel, but the crew was able to get it on the ground successfully with no deaths or serious injuries.

    "Please proceed, Governor" -- you know who, and when

    by lotac on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:33:42 PM PDT

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