AviationAir Canada probes ‘nightmare experience’.

How could a passenger be left behind on a plane?

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A woman was abandoned in a parked Air Canada plane after falling asleep. Photo Credit: beest/GettyImages

The woman said she fell asleep while flying from Quebec to Toronto on June 9. When she woke up around midnight, she was cold and still buckled into her seat in the aircraft.

A woman who fell asleep during an Air Canada flight woke up alone in an empty plane that had been parked for the night.

The woman said she fell asleep while flying from Quebec to Toronto on June 9. When she woke up around midnight, she was cold and still buckled into her seat in the aircraft.

She said she had experienced "reoccurring night terrors" since the incident took place, the BBC reported.

Air Canada has confirmed the incident occurred and is investigating.

The woman said on Facebook that she woke up "around midnight freezing cold still trapped in my seat in complete darkness”.

She eventually found a flashlight and tried sending "SOS signals out the windows” but wasn't noticed by ground crew until she managed to open the cabin's main door.

"I hang out the door trying to get the attention of ground crew … I'm where the aircrafts park overnight. There is no-one around," she recounted.

"When I see the luggage cart driving towards me, I am literally dangling my legs out of the plane. He is in shock asking how the heck they left me on the plane. I'm wondering the same."

The woman said that Air Canada staff offered her a limousine and a hotel, but she declined, wanting to return home as quickly as possible.


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