Incident Date: Feb 15, 2006
Report Date: April 2006
Incident Type: Loss
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 3 years
Flight Number: DL2027
Originating Airport: JFK (John F Kennedy Intl)
Destination Airport: LAX (Los Angeles Intl)
Reporting Airport: JFK (John F Kennedy Intl)
Delta Air Lines Live Animal Incident Report - REDACTED Reporting Period: February 1 -- February 28, 2006
Carrier Delta Air Lines
Flight Number Scheduled Flight # DL2027 JFK-LAX
Date and Time of Incident February 15, 2006 @ approximately 1100
Type of Incident Escape
Description of Animal Breed: Whippet Name: ViVi Age: 3 years
Description of the Incident Passenger checked one dog to travel on Flight DL2027 from JFK to LAX. At acceptance, a visual inspection of the kennel did not reveal any defects. All locking pins appeared to be fully engaged. This kennel and two additional kennels were transported in a secured conveyance to the gate. When the driver disconnected the conveyance, the driver noticed that one dog was out of its kennel. Ramp agents attempted to secure the dog but were unsuccessful. Delta, with assistance from the Port Authority, provided additional resources for the search efforts.
Cause of the Incident A manual inspection revealed that the kennel's locking mechanism appeared defective, as it lacked adequate tension to keep the locking pins properly engaged.
Corrective Action Taken System review of pet acceptance procedures, with an emphasis on kennel specifications. Additional procedures implemented requiring kennel doors to be secured with releasable cable ties where possible.