Dog dies on United flight after being placed in overhead bin

  • Dog dies on United flight after being placed in overhead bin

Dog dies on United flight after being placed in overhead bin

He said the puppy was traveling with his wife Catalina and their two kids back home to NY from a visit with him in Houston, where he is now working.

Chicago-based United Airlines is accepting responsibility for a dog's in-flight death after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the pet in the overhead compartment. United said the dog should have never been in there. She said the woman was "very hesitant and reluctant", and explained her dog was in the carrier.

Eventually, the pet owner, whom United declined to name, complied with the flight attendant.

Gremminer explained that the dog barked twice during the 30 minutes after take off, then fell silent.

Passengers reported that they heard barking during the flight and didn't know that the dog had died until the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport.

"A stranger offered to hold her newborn while she sat on the floor there in the airplane aisle". Gremminger said the owner was preoccupied by her infant during the flight and did not check on the pet, which fell eerily silent after barking during takeoff and as the plane ascended to its cruising altitude.

She also tweeted this picture of the party of three in arrivals.

"We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them", said the airline's statement. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again".

This incident follows the death of giant rabbit on board a United Flight in 2017, and the horrific assault of passenger David Dao as he was dragged from his seat.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have happened", the airline said.

According to Department of Transportation statistics on animal incidents on USA carriers, United has the highest rate of incidents involving loss, injury or death of animals during air transportation, with 2.24 incidents every 10,000 animals transported.

Eighteen died on board, compared to just two on Delta and American Airlines flights.