Incident Date: Feb 18, 2010
Report Date: April 2010
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 7 years
Flight Number: 51
Originating Airport: CDG (Charles De Gaulle)
Destination Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Reporting Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Delta Air Lines Live Animal Incident Report - Redacted Reporting Period: February 1 - February 28
Carrier: Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Flight Number: DL 51 18FEB CDG/ATL
Date and Time of Incident February 18, 2010 - 8:30 pm
Type of Incident: Deceased
Description of Animal Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux Age: 7 YR
Description of Incident: Three kennel/carriers were accepted as checked baggage in Paris France from passenger Darwin Esalva. Two adults were in separate kennels and two puppies in the third.
The aircraft for flight 51 pulled into the gate at 7:48 PM. When unloading kennel/carrier from aircraft the agent noticed that the pet was not moving. The agents believed her to be asleep. The pet was then moved to the lobby to be released to the passenger. The agent in charge of completing this task noticed that the pet was not moving and when he attempted to awaken it, determined that it was unconscious or expired. The agent opened the kennel for the passenger who removed the animal and determined it was not alive.
The animal was taken to a local veterinary clinic for necropsy.
Cause of Incident: The necropsy indicated that a cause of death was undetermined.
Corrective Action Taken: An immediate investigation was conducted. Results of the investigation determined the dog was properly loaded in the cargo/baggage bin of the aircraft and the onboard circulation system was working properly. No dangerous goods were loaded on this flight. Three dogs receiving similar handling and loading arrived without incident indicating external causes contributing to the death of the pet were not present. No corrective action is warranted.