To this day Aircraft #604 is known to insiders as "The Gimli Glider."
Pearson and Quintal immediately began making preparations for a one engine landing. Then another fuel light lit up. Two minutes later, just as preparations were being completed, the EICAS issued a sharp bong--indicating the complete and total loss of both engines. Says Quintal "It's a sound that Bob and I had never heard before. It's not in the simulator." After the "bong," things got quiet. Real quite. Starved of fuel, both Pratt & Whitney engines had flamed out.
Tell Me No Lies: That mass in earth gravity would have hit the earth in 13 seconds if it had no air resistance at all. It took 23 seconds.
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