Feds Release Flight-Related Cat Incident Data
for January

One cat escaped its carrier before a flight.

Posted: March 08, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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One flight-related cat incident occurred during air transportation in January 2007 when a cat that was being put onto a flight escaped its carrier and ran away, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) report released March 5.

The flight-related cat incident occurred Jan. 6 after a passenger checked a cat in a carrier onto a United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. to Sacramento, Calif.

While the airline was attempting to load the carrier onto the aircraft at Washington-Dulles airport, the carrier door opened and the cat jumped out and ran across a taxiway, according to the airline’s incident report on the matter.

The carrier was in good condition and no determination could be made as to when the carrier door became ajar. An extensive search was unable to find the cat.

The airline determined that all its procedures were followed and no corrective action was taken.

The incident was the first of 2007 to involve the loss, injury or death of a cat during air transportation, according to DOT data.

A total of 26 animal fatalities — mostly dogs — occurred before, during or after air transport in 2006, according to the DOT. Eleven animals were injured and 12 animals were lost at United States airports last year.

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maddy    pottstown, PA

6/23/2007 7:38:32 AM

if this is what is going to happen when people fly i would not trust letting my baby girl out of my site because apoligies would not be near enough if she were lost,injured,or my worst fear killed how are we supposed to trust airlines with our loved little furry family members if this is what happens?

samamtha    edmonton, AL

3/9/2007 12:42:58 AM

It is sad that the animal is now paying the price for someone not making sure the cage was secure, i hope that someone has found it and taken it in.

statia    edmonton, AL

3/9/2007 12:37:39 AM

i feel sad for the family of the lost pet

John Dunlap    Sun City, CA

3/8/2007 6:55:45 PM

Poor kitty! The DoT, of course, will probably blame the owners...

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