Incident Date: Dec 08, 2005
Report Date: February 2006
Incident Type: Loss
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 810
Originating Airport: PIT (Pittsburgh International)
Destination Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Reporting Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Carrier Delta Air Lines
Flight Number Flight # DL810 PIT-ATL
Date and Time of Incident December 8, 2005 â€“ approximately 1930
Type of Incident Escape
Description of Animal Cat â€“ â€œMorehouseâ€
Description of the Incident The kennel containing the cat was removed from the aircraft and placed inside a conveyance. The cat escaped while being transferred from the ramp to the cargo warehouse.
Cause of the Incident Poor kennel design. Insufficient locking mechanisms on the kennel caused the door to inadvertently open during normal handling. There were no visible signs of damage to this kennel.
Corrective Action Taken Local station worked with Airport Police, Fire Department and other Air Carriers at the airport in the search for this cat. A flyer has been distributed and posted including local veterinarians/kennels. Routine contact with owner is ongoing. In addition, communication was issued system-wide to review acceptance and handling procedures.