Airline: United Airlines
Incident Date: May 25, 2009
Report Date: July 2009
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 2 years 8 months
Flight Number: 8049
Originating Airport: RIC (Richmond International)
Destination Airport: ORD (Chicago O'Hare Intl)
Reporting Airport: ORD (Chicago O'Hare Intl)
Animal Incident Report To the U.S. Department of Transportation Pursuant to 14 CFR 234.13 Submitted by Trans States Airlines Reporting Period May 1, 2009 – May 31, 2009 Total Submitted Incidents – 1
May 29, 2009
Trans States Airlines: 8049 RIC / ORD (United Express) Date / Time: May 25, 2009 / 2:50 P.M. CST
Name: Sergeant Major Species: K-9 Breed: English Bulldog Sex: Male
Age: 2 Years 8 Months Color and Markings: Brindle
Narrative Description: Description of Incident: Customer was traveling with her dog, Sergeant Major. The dog was checked in at the ticket counter in Richmond, VA (RIC) connecting in Chicago, IL (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX) with a final destination of Yuma, AZ (YUM). [Redacted] advised the agent in RIC that her veterinarian stated that Sergeant Major could be excitable and recommended that she give him a Benadryl tablet prior to the flight which she did. Upon arrival in Chicago, IL (ORD) Sergeant Major was deceased. [Redacted] was notified and declined an autopsy and asked that we send Sergeant Major back to Richmond, VA. with her.
Description of cause of the incident: Autopsy was refused therefore cause of death is unknown.
Description of any corrective action taken: None. Trans States procedures were followed.