Pilot Diverts Flight to Save Dog


Ottawa: In an exemplary incident, an Air Canada pilot diverted a flight to save the life of a pet dog on board after realizing that a failure of cargo hold heating system is threatening the canine’s life.

The dog named ‘Simba’ was flying from Tel Aviv (Israel) to Toronto when the the pilot noticed a problem with the cargo area’s heating system.

“As soon as the crew became aware of the temperature issue, the captain grew rightfully concerned for the dog’s comfort and well-being,” Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CNN.

“With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the situation could have been life-threatening if the flight had continued,” he added.

The aircraft was diverted to Germany where the 7-year-old bulldog was boarded onto another flight, causing a delay of more than 1 hour for the original flight’s 200 passengers.