Dog death on United Airlines flight leads to U.S. investigation

Kokito, a French bulldog, died after his owner says a United flight attendant in Houston forced her to put him in the overhead bin.

"My mom was crying".

United also acknowledged that, due to a mix-up Tuesday, a German shepherd bound for Kansas City from OR was accidentally flown to Japan.

The family and other passengers contradict the airline's account, saying the dog's barks were audible from inside the bin. They paid $200 to bring the dog on and were able to fit the bag under their seat on their outbound flight.

Dog death on United Airlines flight leads to U.S. investigation
Dog death on United Airlines flight leads to U.S. investigation

Airline officials in Japan put Irgo on a flight back to Kansas City.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued a statement calling for the flight attendant to be fired and charged with cruelty to animals.

Mrs Swindle said that United didn't know how the mistake happened, but she was told by the airline that the kennels were "similar". "We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them".

Calling the most recent incident "disgraceful", Kennedy noted that United accounted for the majority of animal deaths on flights among USA carriers and vowed to push for a legislative fix.

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In a statement, United called it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin".

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It is rare that an animal dies on a plane.

"I'll never fly United", Munn told TMZ while going through security at LAX, adding, "If they can't take care of all their passengers and the animals, I don't think anyone should fly with them".

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"The overwhelming majority (of deaths), according to medical experts, were due to a pre-existing medical condition or the animal wasn't properly acclimated to its crate", said United spokesman Charles Hobart.

"Your pet is treated as cargo", Greenberg said. The incident prompted shock, outrage and sadness, particularly after it emerged that a flight attendant had required the dog, a 10-month-old French bulldog, to be placed into the overhead bin, despite the family having followed all the rules about flying with a pet in an airliner's cabin - including using a TSA-approved pet carrier.

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