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Airline: Alaska Airlines
Incident Date: May 16, 2015
Report Date: July 2015
Incident Type: Injury
Animal: Bird
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 11 months
Flight Number: AS136
Originating Airport: ANC (Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl)
Destination Airport: SEA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl)
Reporting Airport: SEA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl)


Incident 2 of 6: Carrier: Alaska Airlines Flight: AS136 (Anchorage, AK to Seattle, WA) Date of incident: May 16, 2015 Time of incident: 5:12 AM PST Type of Incident: Injury Description of animal (including name): 11 month old Black Mouth Cur named Pepper Narrative description of incident: Upon arrival into Seattle, WA an 11 month old dog named Pepper escaped from their kennel and exited the aircraft pit to the ramp. During the escape, Pepper sustained minor injuries to the nails and paw pads and was taken to a veterinarian by Alaska Airlines management personnel and Pepper’s owner. After further review, a load shift in the aircraft cargo compartment had pressed against the cage and may have contributed to the escape. The passengers and Pepper were rebooked for a later flight and traveled without further incident. Narrative description of the cause of the incident: Upon arrival into Seattle, WA an 11 month old Black Mouth Cur named Pepper escaped from their kennel onto the airport ramp and sustained minor injuries to their paw pads and nails. After further review, a load shift in flight may had added pressure to the kennel door assembly and likely contributed to the animals escape. Narrative description of any corrective action taken in response to the incident: Alaska Airlines is currently reviewing new technology options to limit load shifts in flight. Ramp personnel have been provided with best practices in opening aircraft cargo compartment doors when animals are being transported. No photographs available of incident.

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