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Airline: Delta
Incident Date: Sep 15, 2011
Report Date: November 2011
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Dog
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 9 years
Flight Number: DL1167
Originating Airport: BWI (Baltimore/ Washington Intl)
Destination Airport: SNA (John Wayne Airport-Orange County)
Reporting Airport: SNA (John Wayne Airport-Orange County)


Live Animal Incident Report (Redacted)
Cargo Incident Report
Type: Death
Date of Incident: September 15, 2011
Location: Santa Ana, California
Routing: Baltimore, MD (BWI) – Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Santa Ana, CA (SNA) – Flight 1167
AWB: 006-23433572
Description of Animal: 9 year old female, Golden Retriever named “Misty”
Description of Incident: Misty was accepted for transport on DL2025, the morning of September 15, 2011 at approximately 0936. All documents were reviewed and processed in accordance with Delta’s live animal procedures. DL2025 departed the gate at 1126, four minutes ahead of schedule. Weather reports for BWI showed the temperature to be 75ºF. Flight 2025 arrived into the gate area of ATL at 1314, with local temperatures registering 84ºF. Upon arrival of DL2025, Misty was recovered by our pet van driver who immediately placed her inside an awaiting air conditioned vehicle. Misty’s connecting flight to SNA (DL1167) departed ATL approximately one hour behind schedule. Although the flight was delayed, at the time of delivery to the aircraft, Misty showed no signs of distress. DL1167 arrived SNA at approximately 1817, and upon opening the cargo bin door ramp agents noticed no sign of movement from Misty. Agents at SNA immediately removed Misty from the aircraft and contacted their superiors for the next procedural step. Misty was transported to Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic while we awaited further instructions from the owner.

Cause of Incident: According to pathologist, R.E. Moreland, BS, DVM of the Antech Diagnostics Center, Misty’s cause of death is cardiopulmonary failure. Dr. Moreland further states within the report that the changes in Misty’s heart had been developing over the “last few weeks to months.” Corrective Action Taken: None Warranted

PetFlight Report:
November 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report

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