Incident Date: Mar 09, 2008
Report Date: May 2008
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 3 years
Flight Number: 617
Originating Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Destination Airport: SLC (Salt Lake City Intl)
Reporting Airport: SLC (Salt Lake City Intl)
Delta Air Lines Live Animal Incident Report - Redacted Reporting Period: March 1, 2008 â€“ March 31, 2008
Carrier Delta Air Lines
Flight Number Flight # DL 617 â€“ ATL/SLC Flight# OO 3873 â€“ SLC/MFR
Date and Time of Incident March 9, 2008 â€“ approximately 2100
Type of Incident Deceased
Description of Animal Breed: English bulldog Age: 3 years
Description of the Incident At time of arrival of flight 617 ATL/SLC the ramp agent began unloading the dog from the cargo bin. He noticed the dog was not moving and seemed lifeless. The cargo runner immediately retrieved the dog and took it to the Salt Lake City Cargo facility. The driver and the supervisor both inspected the kennel and found the dog was deceased. The station manager was contacted and both shipper and consignee were both informed of the incident. Customer did permit an autopsy to be performed.
Cause of the Incident Autopsy report indicates the death was most likely caused by a possible heat stroke.
Corrective Action Taken Immediate investigation was conducted. Results of the investigation determined the dog was properly loaded in the cargo bin, the on board circulation system was properly working; no hazardous material was loaded on the aircraft, the kennel met ventilation requirements. No corrective actions were warranted.