Incident Date: Sep 07, 2006
Report Date: November 2006
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 8 years
Flight Number: CO127
Originating Airport: HNL (Honolulu Intl)
Destination Airport: ABQ (Albuquerque Intl Sunport)
Reporting Airport: ABQ (Albuquerque Intl Sunport)
TOTAL ANIMALS SHPPED DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 8,728 TOTAL REPORTABLE INCIDENTS DURING PERIOD: 1 % OF REPORTABLE INCIDENTS TO ANIMALS HANDLED: 0.0001%
INCIDENT: CO Flight #127 Houston to Albuquerque Dog - 8 yrs old / Male September 7, 2006 Breed: Boston Terrier Name: Poco
Narrative Description: Description of the Incident: Upon arrival into Albuquerque, NM, the agents who opened the cargo bin door of the aircraft noted that this animal was lying down and was deceased upon arrival inside his crate.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: The customer, who was a passenger on our aircraft, agreed to allow a Necropsy to be performed on Poco. The necropsy summary stated that, "given the brachycephalic conformation of the patient and the swelling of the stomach, death by agitation, subsequent hyperventilation and hypoxia is suggested.." as the likely cause of death. Additionally, it noted that the animal also suffered from aerophagia, associated with the barking (agitation)and hyperventilation.
An investigation of Continental's handling showed that all procedures were followed and the animal was handled appropriately and with great care.
Description of any corrective action taken: This animal's death was not transit related, so no corrective measures were taken.