Hero Air Canada pilot diverts flight to save dog in cargo hold

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Simba the French Bulldog has a new favorite airline, thanks to an Air Canada pilot who cared enough about his safety to divert a recent flight.

The Air Canada flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to Toronto, Canada was about to head over the Atlantic Ocean when the heating system in the cargo hold malfunctioned. Realizing that Simba was down in the hold and might freeze to death over the cold North Atlantic, the captain made the call to divert the flight to Frankfurt, Germany.

The dog was taken off the flight and put on another one with a functioning heating system, and he was reunited with his happy owner in Toronto.

Via CityNews:

“It’s my dog, it’s like my child. It’s everything to me,” he said after they were reunited at Pearson Airport.

Aviation expert Phyl Durby said the pilot made the right call, despite tacking on about $10,000 in fuel costs and delaying the flight by 75 minutes.

“If you look at the outside temperature, if it’s minus 50 or 60, there is some insulation but it will probably still get down to below freezing (in the cargo area),” Durby said.

“The captain is responsible for all lives on board, whether it’s human or K-9.”

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While diverting was expensive, Air Canada made a great decision in caring about a passenger’s dog. Kudos to them for putting their passengers & their pets ahead of their bottom line.


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