Pet Airline Injury Death due to Improperly installed cable ties

Continental Airline
CO flight #12 Honolulu to Los Angeles Cat – Dom short hair – Male /age approx 5 yrs
June 25, 2011 Male / Name: “Koohi”



Description of the Incident:
Koohi was on his way to the aircraft in Honolulu when he managed to escape his crate. It was zip tied but not on all four sides of door, he still was able to push the door out enough to squeeze through the top. Koohi was found 3 days later lying deceased on airport property.

Description of the Cause of the Incident:
Koohi escaped his crate and was loose within the secure area of the Honolulu Airport for three days while several people searched for him. Reward posters and live traps were used but despite our efforts, he was found deceased on airport property on day 3. A necropsy was performed and the cause of death could not be determined. The Veterinarian in charge believes that he could’ve perished from dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Description of any corrective action taken:
Honolulu Vendor company was put on warning and their accepting agent was disciplined regarding the proper placement of our mandatory zip ties.


Delta Air Lines
Live Animal Incident Report – Redacted
Reporting Period: January 2011

Delta Air Lines

Flight Number:
DL 2799

Date and Time of Incident
14Jan2011 – 17:00

Type of Incident:

Description of Animal
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: Unknown

Description of Incident:
Pet chewed on and attempted to swallow zip ties used to secure the kennel door. Zip ties were installed improperly in a manner that allowed the pet access. Material lodged between teeth, damaging gums and partially lodged in the throat. Dog was transported by the owner to a vet to be anesthetized and the zip tie end removed.

Cause of Incident:
Self inflicted

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