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December 5, 2013

"Gimli Glider" pilot Captain Bob Pearson at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

OTTAWA, December 5, 2013 – Part of the Project North Star Speaker's Series, Captain Bob Pearson, who was at the commands of the Air Canada flight 143 that would become known as the "Gimli Glider", will be sharing his memories of the experience.

The regular scheduled flight from Ottawa to Edmonton was diverted to Gimli, Manitoba, in an all-engine-out condition on July 23, 1983. Capt. Pearson's ability to safely perform an emergency landing of the Boeing 767 after it had run out of fuel at 41,000 feet made headlines.

Project North Star is the Canada Aviation and Space Museum's (CASM) volunteer programme performing restoration work on the Museum's Canadair North Star 17515.

WHAT: Talk by "Gimli Glider" pilot
Capt. Bob Pearson

WHERE: Main Theatre
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa

WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11 a.m.



Olivier Bouffard
Media relations

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