Incident Date: Jun 24, 2006
Report Date: August 2006
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: DL4400
Originating Airport: ALB (Albany Intl)
Destination Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Reporting Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Carrier Delta Air Lines
Flight Number Flight # DL4400 ALB-ATL
Date and Time of Incident June 24, 2006 @ approximately 1915
Type of Incident Death
Description of Animal Breed: Calico Domestic Feline Age: unknown
Description of the Incident Passenger checked one kennel with two cats on flight DL4400 from ALB to ATL with a connecting flight to LAS. Upon transfer, in ATL, the ramp agent was picking up the kennel and the top half of the kennel separated from the lower half and the cats escaped. One cat was captured in the nearest bagroom, the other cat was not immediately located. Agents searched for the cat without success. A short time later, the second cat was struck on the ramp by a tug traveling south on the odd gates side of C Concourse near the spine.
Cause of the Incident Poor kennel design. Insufficient locking mechanisms on the kennel caused the two kennel portions to separate. There were no visible signs of damage to this kennel.
Corrective Action Taken Direct follow up with the Delta Station Manager at the origin which included the agent who accepted the kennel. Emphasis was on kennel specifications.