When A Plane Ran Out Of Fuel At 41,000 Feet, Its Pilots Were Faced With A Stomach-churning Decision

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On July 23, 1983, the pilots of Air Canada Flight 143 don’t dwell too much on the warning light that starts blinking during their journey. Having calculated the amount of fuel they have left, the airmen simply conclude that they’ll make it to their destination with ease. But then another bulb lights up – and this one tells them that their numbers are all wrong. In fact, they’re dangerously low on fuel – and they’re hundreds of miles from their destination.