On July 23, 1983, the pilots of Air Canada Flight 143 were met with an unprecedented challenge: their plane had run out of fuel.. With both engines off, they realized that they would have to fly the aircraft without digital instruments. Fortunately, Captain Pearson, an experienced glider pilot, used his experience to glide the plane to safety - hence its name Gimli Glider.
The Glider had initially planned to land at an airport in Winnipeg. However, given the aircraft's range constraints, the pilots decided to land at an abandoned air force base in Gimli, Manitoba. Little did they know that the former air force base had now been converted into a motorsport park - and on that very day, it was the site of a race. The Glider descended into the park, forcibly deploying its gear through a technique known as gravity drop, and using various methods to slow it down. By the end of it, the Gimli Glider had successfully landed in the racing course. Best of all - everyone had survived the ordeal!