Air Canada pilot diverts plane to save dog


A flight heading from Tel Aviv to Toronto was diverted to protect the life of a pet dog that was travelling in the cargo hold.

The adventure started when a cargo hold heating unit failed putting the seven-year-old French bulldog called Simba at risk.

If Simba had continued the journey without an operating heating unit then he would have had to endure dropping temperatures as the plane climbed.

Thankfully, the pilot took action by diverting the flight to Frankfurt, which ended up delaying 200 passengers for around 75 minutes. It was a small price to pay for ensuring man’s best friend got to travel safely.

Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesperson for AirCanada, said: “The overall reaction was positive, particularly once people understood the dog was in potential danger but safe as a result of the diversion.”

He added that while the heating unit was not critical to completing the journey, the pilot chose to divert the flight just before it was to head over the Atlantic Ocean to protect the life of the animal onboard.

Simba’s owner, German Kontorovich, was thrilled with the pilot’s actions telling Canadian news website CityNews: “It’s my dog, it’s like my child. It’s everything to me.”

You’ll be pleased to hear that it was a happy ending all round.

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