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Airline: American Airlines
Incident Date: Mar 19, 2008
Report Date: May 2008
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Cat
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 6 years
Flight Number: 492
Originating Airport: ELP (El Paso Intl)
Destination Airport: DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth International)
Reporting Airport: DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth International)


Carrier and Flight Number American Airlines Flight 492

Date and Time of the Incident March 19, 2008 at 1830

Description of the Animal, Including Name Male, black and white cat, 16 pounds, 6 years old named Charlie

Narrative Description of Incident The cat flew from ELP to DFW and was fine upon arrival as was dog from another shipment. When the crew went to load the cat on the flight to PHL, they noticed he was not moving.

Narrative Description of Cause of the Incident The necropsy report shows the diagnosis as:

“Lungs: pulmonary vascular congestion. Mild pulmonary edema. Heart: Cardiomyopathy. Liver: Hepatic centrilobular fibrosis. Hepatic and sinusoidal congestion.

Stubtle cellular changes are observed in the myocardium and the myocardial arterioles are thickened compatible with pre-existing cardiac disease. The mild pulmonary edema and centrilobular fibrosis in the liver are considered secondary to decrease in cardiac function.”

Narrative Description of any Corrective Action Taken in Response to Incident None. No issues were identified with procedures or the aircraft.



Carrier and Flight Number American Airlines Flight 123

PetFlight Report:
May 2008 Airline Pet Travel Report
Original Report

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