Air Canada Flight 878


UPDATE: APRIL 20, 2015

On April 20, 2015, the Honourable Justice Perell approved a consent Order discontinuing the Class Proceeding.

The Order allow passengers until December 20, 2015, to commence an individual/group action after which time your right to commence a claim arising from the January 13, 2011, incident may be barred.

Pursuant to the terms of the Discontinuance, Air Canada has also made admissions, which will apply to any individual/group actions.

Click on the following links for more information:

  • Court Approved Notice (To be uploaded once available)
  • Order of Justice Perell discontinuing the Class Proceeding




The Certification Motion in this action has been adjourned by the parties on consent until October 16, 2014.


On May 7, 2012, Thomson, Rogers issued a $20 million class action against Air Canada on behalf of the 95 passengers of AC 878 en route from Toronto to Zurich on January 13, 2011.

During the flight, passengers were subjected to violent forces as the aircraft was suddenly put into a steep dive. Many passengers were catapulted out of their seats striking the roof and interior of the cabin.

Following the incident, an Air Canada spokesperson stated on January 14, 2011 that the incident was caused by unexpected turbulence. However, on April 16, 2012, the Transport Safety Board of Canada issued a Report identifying the true cause for this terrifying episode as the deliberate actions of a confused pilot who was waking from an extended sleep.

At no time prior to the Report being made public were passengers provided any explanation for the terrifying episode other than the suggestion of turbulence. In fact, Air Canada entered into purported settlements with passengers for modest compensation without explaining what they knew to be the true cause for the terrifying episode.

The Class Action claim alleges that Air Canada covered up the true cause for the terrifying episode and claims punitive damages to punish their conduct.


Contact Us for More Information

Please contact Darcy Merkur or Stephen Birman at Thomson, Rogers by calling 416-868-3100 or 1-888-223-0448 or fill out the consultation request form to the right.


Media Reports


CTV Toronto News Report: Air Canada faces $20M lawsuit for sudden plunge
May 8, 2012

Passenger video of flight 878