Air Canada passenger wakes up in dark, empty plane after falling asleep mid-flight

Airline is investigating incident after woman woke up to find she was alone onboard the parked jet

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A woman woke up alone in a dark, parked plane and apparently forgotten by ground staff after falling asleep mid-flight.

Tiffani Adams’s story was posted by a friend on Air Canada’s Facebook page, drawing incredulous reactions from readers and a request for details from the airline.

Air Canada apologised for the incident and told broadcaster CTV News it was investigating how it had happened, but declined to offer more information.

Ms Adams said she has not slept much since and is struggling with night terrors.

According to the post, she was flying from Quebec to Toronto Pearson International Airport earlier this month when she fell asleep, aided by having a whole row of seats to herself.

She woke up in “pitch black” to realise the plane had landed and been towed away from the runway – and that other passengers and crew had disembarked.

“I think I’m having a bad dream [because] like seriously how is this happening,” she wrote.

Ms Adams briefly called a friend but was cut short when her phone’s battery died.

“I’m trying to focus on my breathing and control my panic attacks while I attempt to charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find,” she wrote, but that proved fruitless because the electricity on the plane was turned off.

After finding a torch in the cockpit, she managed to open one of the doors but faced a 15-metre drop to get out of the plane.

Ms Adams then used the torch to draw the attention of a luggage cart driver, who arrived to find her with her legs hanging out of the plane’s open doorway.

“He is in shock, asking how the heck they left me on the plane. I’m wondering the same,” she said.

Updated: June 24, 2019 01:57 PM


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