Air Canada pilot diverts an international flight bound from Tel Aviv to Toronto! After becoming aware of a heating system malfunction in the plane’s cargo area, the pilot lands at Frankfurt to save the French Bulldog’s life.
Seven-year-old Simba would have frozen to death if the pilot started out on the long journey over the Atlantic Ocean, where temperatures plummet.
With the dog’s well-being in danger, the pilot landed in Frankfurt, despite a delay of 75 minutes and extra cost of $10,000 in fuel.
Understandably, Simba’s owner was extremely grateful: “It’s my dog, it’s like my child. It’s everything to me,” he said after they were reunited at Pearson Airport, Toronto.
Simba was then placed on another flight and the plane continued to Toronto.
Passengers on the plane supported the pilot’s decision, despite the inconvenience.