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Airline: Continental
Incident Date: Jun 29, 2010
Report Date: August 2010
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Dog
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 7 years
Flight Number: CO616
Originating Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Destination Airport: MSP (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International)
Reporting Airport: MSP (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International)


Report:

INCIDENT #3: CO Flight #616 from Houston to Minneapolis Dog – Pug / age 7yrs June 29, 2010 Male / Name: Loki

Owner/Guardian REDACTED

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION

Description of the Incident: The pet Pug arrived deceased in Minneapolis, MN

Description of the Cause of the Incident: The customer chose the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine to complete the necropsy at Continental’s expense and the Veterinarian noted in the following: “This dog did have many of the macroscopic findings associated with Brachycephallic airway syndrome (e.g.: stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, everted laryngeal saccule, epiglottal entrapment and dorsoventral flattening of the tracheal membrane) which can cause airway obstruction. Given the lack of other significant necropsy findings, the elongated soft palate, and the entrapped epiglottis, it is likely that respiratory compromise contributed to the sudden, unexpected death of this dog.”

Description of any corrective action taken: None. The death of this pet was not related to Continental Airlines’ handling or equipment.

PetFlight Report:
August 2010 Airline Pet Travel Report

Link to original report:
http://airconsumer.dot.gov/reports/2010/August/Continental_June10.doc

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