History (1983): How a Faulty Computer Can Bring Down an Airplane

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"The plane's instruments should have quickly detected the error. The 767 boasts an advanced fuel quantity processor that accurately gauges fuel on board. But, on this particular plane, the fuel computer had never worked properly, and maintenance workers lacked a spare computer."

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), September 13, 2000


This is an incredible story! It's a good thing that there was such an experienced pilot in charge.

-- K (infosurf@yahoo.com), September 13, 2000.

In aviation circles, it is known as the "Gimli Glider". There is also a book about it.

-- spaceman spiff (spiff@space.com), September 13, 2000.

Spacemen, can you give me more info about the book? Title, author, year published? Sounds as though it would be a very interesting read.

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), September 13, 2000.

Rachel--I remember reading a condensed version of the book in the Readers Digest a long time ago. Very interesting read. Know thats not much help but at least its a start.

-- Bill (sticky@2sides.tape), September 13, 2000.

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