Gimli Glider pilot responds
The Editor, I would like to thank Mr. Davidson for expressing his opinion (Gimli Glider blame, Aug. 15, 2018, The Glengarry News) however it does contradict the available evidence.
1. The RCMP inquiry confirmed that First Officer Maurice Quintal and I had followed operational procedures correctly.
2. Transport Canada and the Canadian Aviation Safety Board were totally supportive of our involvement in Flight 143.
3. The Federal Government Public Inquiry concluded: “Thanks to the professionalism and skill of the Flight Crew and the Flight Attendants, the corporate and equipment deficiencies were overcome and a major disaster averted.”
4. And last but not least, Air Canada’s lawyer summation on the last day of the Public Inquiry stated: “With respect to pilot performance, Air Canada submitted that the performance of the flight crew is beyond reproach in every respect and I submit there is nothing in the evidence which would contradict that statement.” (From the transcript of the Inquiry.) I should also state that there never was any demotion or suspension of either F/O Quintal or myself as can be incorrectly found in some public information. Captain Bob Pearson (retired),