An Air Canada flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto is diverted to Frankfurt when the pilot notices a problem with the cargo area’s heating system. The action saves the life of a seven-year-old French bulldog, named Simba and causes a delay of about 75 minutes for the original flight’s passengers. Simba’s owner:
It’s my dog, it’s like (my) child. It’s everything.
As soon as the crew became aware of the temperature issue, the captain grew rightfully concerned for the dog’s comfort and well-being. With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the situation could have been life-threatening if the flight had continued. 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. The captain is responsible for all lives on board.