Airline: United Airlines
Incident Date: Aug 28, 2012
Report Date: October 2012
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 2 years
Flight Number: 266
Originating Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Destination Airport: SFO (San Francisco International)
Reporting Airport: SFO (San Francisco International)
NCIDENT #2: UA flight #266 Houston to San Francisco Dog– Mastiff / 3 yr. old Male August 28, 2012 Name: Bam Bam
Description of the Incident: Pet arrived San Francisco deceased upon arrival.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: A necropsy was performed and the cause of death was diagnosed as acute cardiovascular collapse noting a slight malformation of the tracheal rings and thinning of the muscle tissue between the tracheal rings resulting in tracheal collapse. This coupled with being a member of the Brachycephalic group of dogs, which are those with shortened muzzles and shortened airways, would contribute to the untimely death of the pet.
Description of any corrective action taken: None as the cause of death was not related to United Airlines’ handling.