|Did the ground crew load the big bunny into a specially heated and pressurised cargo hold 5?|
UK newspapers are reporting the big bunny was being delivered to a new "celebrity" owner in the USA This is the latest incident to hit the jinxed United, a flustered spokesman said it was "saddened" by Simon's death.
|UK Breeder of big bunnies Ann Edwards with the deceased Simons dad|
Julian Bray Aviation expert and broadcaster writes: Any death in flight is disturbing but for a giant bunny to perish during transit is unfortunate and will now spark off a major investigation, both in the UK and the USA. Animals and livestock are carried in a special hold (usually Cargo Hold 5) which can be heated and pressurised just like a passenger cabin. Investigators will need to know if the right transit care instructions were carried out, the heating turned on and hold 5 pressurised. This special freight category is a major revenue earner for airlines, but clearly there is a need for a full investigation surrounding this particular incident.
That was the highest mortality rate seen on any US airline, according to the data.
In a statement sent to the BBC, United said: "We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team.
"We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are urgently reviewing this matter."
Source: BBC News, CNS, United Media Center,
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