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Airline: Delta
Incident Date: Apr 09, 2008
Report Date: June 2008
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Bird
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 1479
Originating Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Destination Airport: SNA (John Wayne Airport-Orange County)
Reporting Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)


Carrier Delta Air Lines

Flight Number Flight # DL 790 – MIA/ATL Flight# DL 1479 – ATL/SNA

Date and Time of Incident April 9, 2008 – approximately 1900

Type of Incident Deceased

Description of Animal Breed: African Grey Parrot Age: Unknown

Description of the Incident Upon arrival of flight 1479 ATL/SNA ramp agents began unloading the cargo bin. Agents inspected the bird shipment and informed management the parrot appeared lifeless. Agents immediately took bird to SNA Cargo facility. Consignee inspected the container and confirmed the bird was deceased. Bird was signed for and released to consignee. No autopsy was performed.

Cause of the Incident Bird arrived at destination city in a frozen state from transfer station.

Corrective Action Taken An immediate investigation was conducted. Results of the investigation determined the bird was properly loaded at origination point. At transfer point agents failed to properly notify Captain via internal communication channels that a bird was loaded in Bin 4. Circulatory system was working properly. Dry ice was loaded in a separate bin. The kennel requirements were met. Corrective measures were addressed by ACS and Cargo management.

PetFlight Report:
June 2008 Airline Pet Travel Report
Original Report

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