5 Bizarre Plane Crashe Incidents Due to Fuel Exhaustion
Despite the aviation industry's technological advancements and stringent safety measures, fuel exhaustion still haunts the skies, leading to devastating plane crashes. This article explores five chilling incidents where a plane ran out of fuel, and the plane falls from the sky.
Air Canada Flight 143 - The Gimli Glider: In 1983, a Boeing 767, Air Canada Flight 143, faced a fuel miscalculation crisis due to a flawed Fuel Quantity Indicator System (FQIS). Captain Pearson's skillful gliding miraculously led to a safe landing in Gimli, Manitoba, with no fatalities.
ALM Antillean Airlines Flight 980: In 1970, this flight en route from New York to St. Maarten experienced fuel exhaustion amid poor weather and communication breakdowns, leading to a watery grave and 23 lives lost.
Avianca Flight 052: In 1990, fuel mismanagement and communication failures resulted in 73 tragic deaths. Inaccurate delay estimations and poor weather conditions led to a devastating crash near JFK Airport.
East Coast Aviation Service Flight: In 2000, inadequate refueling during a stopover sealed the fate of this flight, leading to engine failure and no survivors.
LaMia Flight 2933: In 2016, an inadequate flight plan and pilot errors caused this flight, carrying the Chapecoense football team, to end tragically with 71 lives lost.
These incidents serve as a somber reminder that, despite technological progress, human errors and unforeseen circumstances can have catastrophic consequences when planes run out of fuel. We must honor the memory of those lost by ensuring such tragedies are never repeated.