Raccoon delays Air Canada flight in Saskatoon by nearly seven hours


SASKATOON — A raccoon caused an Air Canada flight bound for Toronto from Saskatoon to be delayed by nearly seven hours last night.

Flight passenger Damien Lee says that it “was just like a circus” trying to get the raccoon off the plane.

The assistant professor says the flight was originally delayed due to a baggage issue, but within an hour lassos were brought out to try to catch the animal.

Lee says passengers hadn’t yet boarded the plane and eventually the raccoon scurried off.

Neither Air Canada nor officials from the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport immediately returned request for comment.

Lee says the flight eventually took off and landed in Toronto about 3 a.m.

The Canadian Press