Gimli Glider pi­lot re­sponds

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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),

Dalkeith

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