A pilot for Air Canada had to make a lifesaving decision during a trans-Atlantic flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto. While all humans onboard the aircraft were safe, one four legged air traveler in the aircraft’s cargo hold was at risk of freezing to death. That is because the plane’s cargo heaters had malfunctioned, causing the temperature to drastically drop. If the pilot had not diverted the flight to make an emergency landing in Frankfurt, Germany, Simba the seven- year-old French Bulldog would have been toast… like the frozen garlic toast that comes in a box.
While the dog was saved, that dinosaur in the background sadly didn’t make it.
Simba’s owner, German Kontorovich was extremely thankful that the captain made the choice to divert the plane. Without the heaters, the inside of a plane flying at maximum altitude could reach below freezing. While landing in Frankfurt cost other passengers a 75 minute delay and may have cost the airline up to $10,000 in added fuel and landing fees, it was all worth it. Kontorovich says;
“It’s my dog, it’s like my child. It’s everything.”
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Simba and his owner had a chance to thank the captain in person before they continued on their journey to Toronto on another plane. A spokesperson for the airline said;
“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.”
Now that Simba has made it to her final destination, who is going to prevent her from freezing to death in Canada?
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