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An Air Canada pilot is being praised for making a decision that delayed an international flight for more than an hour and cost the airline more than $10,000 in fuel and landing charges – all to save a dog’s life!
Simba, a 7-year old French Bulldog, was on board for his first ever flight, in the plane’s cargo hold, when the pilot noticed that the airplane’s heating system had malfunctioned just before the flight reached the Atlantic Ocean, where temperatures would plummet.
Without second thought, the pilot turned the plane, which was bound for Toronto from Tel Aviv, and landed in Frankfurt, Germany instead.
Simba was removed from the cargo hold of the Air Canada flight and placed on another plane headed to Toronto.
Once reunited in Toronto, Simba’s dad was undeniably grateful. “It’s my dog, it’s like my child. It’s everything to me,” he explained to 680 News.