Plane enroute Tel Aviv diverts to save dog's life

According to the Air Canada spokesman, Peter Fitzpatrick, the situation could have been life-threatening for the dog if the flight had continued.

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In what seemed like a scene from a movie, an Air Canada plane was landed in order to save a dog.

Said dog, Simba was flying via Air Canada Flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Toronto when the pilot noticed a problem with the cargo area's heating system and immediately became concerned about the dog's comfort and well-being.

According to the Air Canada spokesman, Peter Fitzpatrick, the situation could have been life-threatening if the flight had continued.

CNN reports that the aircraft was diverted to Frankfurt, Germany, where the 7-year old Simba was boarded onto another flight, causing a delay of about 75 minutes for the original flight's passengers.

Fitzpatrick, however, said the general reaction of the passengers to the delay was positive as they understood the dog was in potential danger.

Meanwhile dog owner, German Kontorovich who described the dog as his "child and everything" expressed gratitude to the flight crew for the diversion in spite of the convenience.

According to aviation expert, Phyl Durby, the diversion could cost the airline thousands of dollars in fuel costs, he however called it the right decision saying "the captain is responsible for all lives on board."

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