Thursday, September 17, 2015
An Air Canada pilot became one dog's hero on Sunday when he diverted a flight to save the dog's life.
Flight AC085 was carrying 232 passengers from Tel Aviv to Toronto when the pilot noticed one of the cargo hold heaters was malfunctioning, said Peter Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for Air Canada. The unnamed pilot realized that Simba, a seven-year-old French bulldog traveling in the cargo hold on his first flight, was in possible danger of dying.
"The temperature was falling, as it is very cold at the high altitude where our planes fly," said Fitzgerald. "While a heater is not normally a critical component, on this particular flight there was a live animal in the hold. With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the situation could have been life threatening if the flight had continued."