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Airline: Northwest Airlines
Incident Date: Jan 10, 2008
Report Date: March 2008
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Cat
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 2809
Originating Airport: ORF (Norfolk Intl)
Destination Airport: MSP (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International)
Reporting Airport: MSP (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International)



Cargo Incident Report # 0108-1 Type: Death Date of Incident: January 10, 2008 Location: MSP Routing: NW 2809 ORF – MSP NW 807 MSP – SEA AWB: 012 ORF 40900182 Description of Animal: American shorthair cat, name unknown Description of Incident: The shipment was comprised of two adult pet cats in separate kennels. On arrival at MSP one of the cats appeared to be deceased. The cat was immediately removed from transport and delivered to a veterinary hospital where it was confirmed deceased. The shipper was notified and she advised NW that the cat “seemed to be ill this morning but the vet felt it was OK to travel.” The other cat was forwarded on to the consignee and arrived without incident. Cause of the Incident: A necropsy was performed at NW expense by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. According to the necropsy report, “The cause of death was most likely cardiovascular arrest secondary to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tends to predominate in young to middle-aged cats (1-3 years). There are clusters of cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Persian, American shorthairs and Maine coon cat breeds.” Corrective Action Taken: None. The cat died of natural causes. The companion cat arrived safely.

PetFlight Report:
March 2008 Airline Pet Travel Report
Original Report

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