Airline: American Airlines
Incident Date: Jan 17, 2012
Report Date: March 2012
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 462
Originating Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
Destination Airport: MCO (Orlando Intl)
Reporting Airport: MCO (Orlando Intl)
Carrier and Flight Number American Airlines Flight #462 DFW-MCO
Date and Time of the Incident 17 JAN 2012 19:55
Description of the Animal, Including Name Dog – Name: Cup Cake
Narrative Description of Incident Dog was shipped Priority Parcel Service (AWB#7791 9383) from Newark to Dallas/Ft. Worth, then connecting to Orlando. During the offloading process, the kennel bottom half came unsnapped and dropped off, causing the dog to run free on the tarmac. Subsequently, the dog was found deceased on the active runway.
Narrative Description of Cause of the Incident The agent at Newark accepted a “snap-together” type kennel. AA policy prohibits acceptance of this kennel type, since the plastic snaps are prone to failure during shipping.
Narrative Description of any Corrective Action Taken in Response to Incident AA training has released system-wide advisories to all Cargo and Passenger Service personnel reinforcing the prohibition of snap-together kennels for Cargo shipments or customer checked-pets. Additionally, the live animal checklist was updated with a more precise description of a snap top kennel. Lastly, the live animal acceptance training lesson is in the process of being updated with this information as well.