Pilot goes viral after diverted an international flight to save the life of a Dog

An Air Canada pilot went viral after he diverted an international flight to save the life of a small dog traveling in the plane’s cargo hold.

An Air Canada pilot went viral after he diverted an international flight to save the life of a small dog traveling in the plane’s cargo hold.

An Air Canada pilot went viral after he diverted an international flight to save the life of a small dog traveling in the plane’s cargo hold.

The French bulldogSimba was traveling in a crate on the flight between Tel Aviv and Toronto on Sunday when the pilot received a warning that one of the cargo hold’s heaters had malfunctioned and the temperature had started to fall, Buzzfeed reported.

With 232 passengers on board, the pilot made the decision to divert the plane to Frankfurt, where little Simba could be offloaded to another flight.

“As soon as the crew became aware of the temperature issue, the captain grew rightfully concerned for the dog’s comfort and wellbeing,” Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

“With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the situation could have been life threatening if the flight had continued,” Fitzpatrick 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,” Fitzpatrick said.

Simba’s owner, German Kontorovich, said he was extremely grateful. “It’s my dog, it’s like my child,”

He said. “It’s everything to me."

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