United flight pit stops to drop off puppy loaded onto wrong plane

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18 March, 2018

Already under scrutiny about a dog dying in an overhead bin and another dog being accidentally sent to Japan, United Airlines on Friday acknowledged its third animal-related mistake in a week.

United Airlines is retiring its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft that are affectionately known as the ÒQueen of the SkiesÓ and marked the occassion with a final flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.

On Tuesday, another case of mistaken canine identity occurred on a United flight, sending a pet owner into a frenzy when she discovered a Great Dane in the place of her German shepherd, Irgo, in a facility at the Kansas City airport.

The 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane that United chartered from Japan.

United Airlines has weathered three dog-related incidents in just one week.

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When they went to pick up Irgo, they instead were given a Great Dane.

The airline admitted the most recent incident saw a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to St Louis, Missouri, diverted to Akron, Ohio, after staff realised the pet was heading to the wrong destination.

Passengers were offered compensation due to the diversion, however the airline declined to provide any further details.

Kara Swindle, Irgo's owner, says the dog had to fly in cargo on a different plane because he was too big. On Monday, a flight attendant made a passenger store her dog in an overhead bin on a flight from Houston.


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