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Airline: Continental
Incident Date: Jun 29, 2005
Report Date: August 2005
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Dog
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 3 years
Flight Number: 159
Originating Airport: DCA (Ronald Reagan Washington National)
Destination Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Reporting Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)


Description of the Incident: During flight from Washington, DC to Houston, this dog was able to bend the post of the kennel and she forced her way out of the kennel and was loose in the cargo hold of the aircraft. Upon arrival into Houston, the bin door was opened. The dog jumped from the plane, and seriously injured a Continental employee and began to run loose on the tarmac for approximately 1hour. Animal was transported to an emergency clinic where it died the next morning at 0530 from what the veterinarian diagnosed as heat exhaustion.

Description of the Cause of the Incident: Animal was able to escape the kennel and upon arrival at Houston, it ran loose for more than an hour.

Description of any corrective action taken: Necropsy performed along with Rabies tests (due to it biting the agent). Results still pending. Continental’s policy already requires cable ties for the kennel door to prevent escapes and Continental intends to continue and reinforce this policy

PetFlight Report:
August 2005 Airline Pet Travel Report
Original Report

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