A dog has reportedly died after being deprived of oxygen on board an Air
An Air France worker told the gossip site the dog had been improperly loaded onto the aircraft and ended up losing oxygen during the nonstop flight that lasted 10 hours and 45 minutes.
A passenger’s dog was discovered dead inside the cargo hold of KLM Flight 601 from Amsterdam to Los Angeles Tuesday (stock photo)
KLM Flight 601 landed in Los Angeles at 12.35am. When the animal’s owner went to a warehouse at LAX Airport to collect her pet, she discovered its lifeless corpse, reported TMZ.
DailyMail.com on Wednesday afternoon reached out to Air France-KLM for comment on the report and was awaiting a reply.
As per Air France’s policy pertaining to the transposition of animals, passengers are allowed to keep a dog or a cat weighing no more than 17lbs in the cabin, so long as the pet is at least 10 weeks old and has all required shots.
Travelers flying business class on intercontinental flights are not allowed to keep their pets in the cabin, no matter their seize.
The dead dog, described as a husky, was said to have been improperly loaded into the cargo hold, where it allegedly lost oxygen during the 11-hour flight (stock image)
All cats and dogs weighing between 17lbs and 165.3lbs must travel in the cargo hold, confined to hard plastic or fiberglass containers ‘fastened by bolts’ and approved the by the International Air Transport Association.
According to the IATA requirements, the animal must be able to stand up without touching the roof or the container, and also it must be able to turn around and lay down inside the container.
There has been several high-profile incidents involving pets dying on board airplanes in recent years.
Last year, a French bulldog puppy died on board a domestic United Airlines flight after a crew member forced its owner to store the dog in the overhead bin.
In April 2017, a giant rabbit named Simon died while traveling in the cargo hold on a United flight between London and Chicago.