In an interview with City News, aviation expert Phyl Durby says that an airline captain is responsible for all lives on board — that includes the non-human variety.
So when the life of a dog was at stake, an Air Canada pilot decided to divert an international flight and make an emergency landing.
According to CBC, the Air Canada plane traveling from Tel Aviv to Toronto made an emergency landing in Frankfurt when the pilot noticed one of the heaters in the cargo area had a malfunction, the same cargo area that holds seven-year-old French bulldog, Simba.
“The captain grew rightfully concerned for the dog’s comfort and wellbeing,” Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada, told CBC. “With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the situation could have been life threatening if the flight had continued.”
Once the plane was in Frankfurt, Simba was transferred to a different flight and was later reunited with his grateful owner.
“It’s my dog, it’s like my child. It’s everything to me,” Kontorovich tells CityNews.
And the 232 passengers on board the plane didn’t seem to mind the delay not when there was a life in danger.
“While we recognize this was an inconvenience for our customers, the overall reaction was positive, particularly once people understood the dog was in potential danger but safe as a result of the diversion,” airline representative Peter Fitzpatrick told City News.
Mad props to the Air Canada pilot for saving the dog’s life. As someone once said to me: everyone’s a hero in their own way.
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