Dog Escapes Crate on Plane, Causes Emergency Landing

It seems like there’s a dog-and-plane related news story almost daily now, including such incidents as a JetBlue crew saving a French bulldog midair with an oxygen mask or earlier this summer, when United Airlines ceased flying animals over the summer to four of the warmest domestic locations. The most recent airborne canine news comes courtesy of a dog who escaped its crate on a plane, causing an emergency landing, as reported by The Bark.

 

 

Story goes that a passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday, July 22, in Moscow, Russia, after a dog escaped from its crate—which opened part of the luggage hatch, triggering the emergency alarm. Per The Daily Mail, the dog had been placed in the cargo hold for pets in St. Petersburg, where the flight originated, but because the crate wasn’t properly locked, the dog was able to tear “the inner lining of the luggage compartment and somehow provoked the opening of its front half-door” while the flight was at an altitude of 13,000 feet. SCARY, right?!

 

Thankfully, the plane landed safely and no injuries were reported. And while little is known about the dog in question, reports suggest it must weigh over 17 pounds, which is the weight limit for pets carried in the plane cabin. Lesson to learn here: Lock your crate—and make sure your sweet pup doesn’t know how to open it him or herself, either.

 

Photo: Yuki Dog on Unsplash

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)