C-GAUN, the Boeing 767-200 involved in the Gimli Glider incident. (Photo: Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland (Air Canada Boeing 767-233; [email protected];17.02.1985) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

Remembering the Gimli Glider Incident on Its 35th Anniversary

Today marks the 35th anniversary of one of the most significant and impressive feats in aviation to date. On this day in 1983, Air Canada flight 143 lost power from both engines while 41,000 feet above western Ontario. In a miraculous feat, the crew was able to successfully perform an emergency landing at a closed Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) base in Gimli, Manitoba, with only minor injuries to the 69 persons onboard. Since then, the incident and the airplane…