AC Flight Diverts To Ensure The Safety Of A Dog

Open Jaw

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 noble cause.


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 the diversion."

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