Not sure about you, but here at Open
Jaw we’re getting a little sick of reporting on flight diversions caused by
drunk, drugged or insane pax. It sometimes feels like watching an episode of
Intervention. So it’s a nice change to report on a flight diversion for a more
An AC pilot is being lauded for
diverting an international flight on Sunday because a pup was reportedly in
peril in the cargo hold. A warning light was indicating that one of the cargo
hold heaters had malfunctioned on the YYZ-bound plane ex TLV.
Inside the hold was a dog identified
in media reports as Simba.
"The Captain grew rightfully
concerned for the dog's comfort and wellbeing," Peter Fitzpatrick, a
spokesperson for AC told CBC in an e-mail. "With the altitude it can
become very uncomfortable, and possibly the situation could have been life
threatening if the flight had continued."
AC rules state that ambient
temperatures cannot drop below 10° when dealing with canine travellers.
The pilot decided to divert the
flight to FRA, where Simba was transferred to another aircraft. Subsequently
the TLV flight arrived at YYZ just 75 min. behind schedule.
Fitzpatrick said that though there
were 232 pax onboard, "the overall reaction was positive, particularly
once people understood the dog was in potential danger but safe as a result of