Texas DA Investigating Death Of Puppy Placed In Airline Overhead Bin

16 March, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • United Airlines

The news of Irgo's unplanned odyssey comes as United admits another dog died after a flight attendant forced it to travel in an overhead bin on a Houston-to-New York flight.

The family says they heard Kokito barking for two hours.

In a separate incident, the Swindle family was supposed to be flying their dog, Irgo, from OR to Kansas City on a United flight Tuesday.

"They showed me the kennel and the minute I said the word, 'Irgo, ' out pops this Great Dane", said Irgo's owner, Kara Swindle.

The dog flew from OR to Denver, where he spent the night.

Mrs Swindle told KCTV5 United acknowledged they had accidentally sent Irgo to Japan, and will be flown back by the weekend.

But even when accounting for their larger volume of animal passengers, United still leads all other airlines in rate of deaths per 10,000 pets. The airline said its policy calls for owners to put dogs in carriers under seats or in the cargo hold.

The fact that the dog's death wasn't discovered until the plane landed in NY complicates the issue, the prosecutor said.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", Maggie Schmerin, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in a statement.

"We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them", the airline said in a statement.

Last year, 18 animals, mostly dogs, died while being transported on United - three-fourths of all animal deaths on USA carriers, according to the Department of Transportation.

Though animal deaths involving commercial flights are rare, they spark outrage whenever they occur.

"I'll never fly United", Munn told TMZ while going through security at LAX, adding, "If they can't take care of all their passengers and the animals, I don't think anyone should fly with them". Alaska Airlines, which carries only 17 percent fewer animals, had just two deaths a year ago.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also looking into the incident and will "review the airline's investigation", FAA spokesman Greg Martin said.

As for the 2017 report, he said, "The overwhelming majority of the incidents were attributed to animals not being acclimated to its crate or the animal having a pre-existing condition we weren't aware of".


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