Air Canada investigating after woman left in empty, locked airplane

A woman said she woke up from her flight only to find the plane was empty and dark. Credit PA

Ms Adams said she tried to call a friend but her phone battery was dead and she was unable to charge it because the plane had no power.

Adams wrote about the ordeal on a Facebook post where she outlined what happened and how the incident had affected her. She says she woke up still strapped to her seat around midnight - hours after the plane landed at Pearson Airport - and says she was in "complete darkness" and "freezing cold".

Adams claimed in the June 19 post that she had scored herself an empty row aboard a plane that was one-quarter full when she fell asleep about one-and-a-half hours into the flight.

While on a short routine flight between Quebec City and Toronto a passenger falls asleep and wakes up on a dark, empty plane.

Eventually, she said, a baggage attendant noticed her signals at brought over a ladder truck to get her down.

"I think I'm having a bad dream", she recounted in a Facebook post.

She said she eventually flagged down an airport employee, who reportedly said he was "in shock" to see her.

'I'm trying to focus on my breathing and control my panic attack while I attempt to charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could luck [because] when they shut the aircraft down there is no power whatsoever.

She found a torch to help her find her way through the plane and managed to open the door but was faced with a 40 to 50 foot drop to the runway.

"He tried exiting out of the front door, and we stopped him, so we went to his seat and we turned on the lights bright".

"As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was".

At the same time, she said she found a way to open the plane's door - but had no way to get down. Adams said that she spotted a luggage cart driving near her, as she is "literally dangling" her legs out of the plane.

The ordeal, Adams wrote, has left her traumatized and in constant fear of being locked up alone - again.

An Air Canada spokesperson told The Independent the airline was reviewing the incident and was in contact with the passenger.

After the ordeal, Adams noted that an Air Canada vehicle drove her to speak with a representative who offered to book her a limo and hotel for the night.

Adams says it has affected her sleep: "I haven't got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I'm alone locked up someplace dark".



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