Cat grounds flight
It transpires it's not just people who complain about leg room on flights!
Yesterday morning Ripples the cat escaped from his carrier and grounding an Air Canada flight destined for Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, causing delays of several hours. While the other passengers were boarding the plane in Haliax in the early hours, Ripples shimmied through the cabin and into the cockpit!
Ripples owner Debbie Harris says that other passengers tried to catch him in first class, but "then he took off into the cockpit and nestled down."
While the crew searched the plane for the missing mog, Debbie called out to him. Eventually it was determined that Ripples had "weaseled its way down into the wiring of the cockpit," said Peter Spurway, spokesman for the Halifax International Airport. "The maintenance folks had to take panels of inside the cockpit in order to get at the cat," he continued!
Of course, the passengers had to get off the plane and wait until Ripples could be removed. Unfortunately after that they then had to wait for the cockpit to be reassembled and then for the wiring and hardware to be checked! In the end the flight people started to board at 5am left at almost 10am.
Thankfully there was no real damage done and aside from a couple of passengers rescheduling, most of them took it in good humour and enjoyed the exciting twist of events.
Debbie Harris confirmed that this was Ripples' first "And his last" flight!
Image source: flickr user Joybot
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