Airline: United Airlines
Incident Date: Jul 19, 2008
Report Date: September 2008
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 872
Originating Airport: TPE (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport)
Destination Airport: SFO (San Francisco International)
Reporting Airport: SFO (San Francisco International)
United Flight: 872 TPE/SFO Animal: Cat â€“ Breed - Tabby Date: July 19, 2008 Name: Unknown
Narrative Description: Description of incident: Passengers checked two cat kennels. Upon loading the kennels on the belt loader a strong wind blew one of the kennels to the ground, despite railings on the belt. The fall caused the kennelâ€™s door to open and cat escaped. Ramp serviceman retrieved the cat and returned him to the kennel. The kennel was secured and loaded onto the aircraft. Upon arrival into San Francisco the cat was found to be deceased.
Description of cause of the incident: Autopsy results are not available at this time.
Description of any corrective action taken: The incident prompted a thorough investigation and review of procedures in boarding the kennels by TPE management.