Dog Bites US Airways Flight Attendant, Prompts Diversion To Pittsburgh

Small Animal Gets Loose After Passenger Opens Cage On Plane

PITTSBURGH — A spokesman for US Airways has confirmed that a dog got loose on board a plane, and the captain

Google image photo. Not the beast involved in this incident.

decided to divert to Pittsburgh.

According to the airline’s Todd Lehmacher, Flight 522 was a nonstop flight from Newark to Phoenix but was diverted to Pittsburgh International Airport on Monday morning.

Lehmacher said the company’s policy is to allow pets in the plane’s cabin if the pet and its cage can fit under a seat. The policy also states that the pet may not be let out of the cage.

According to the airline, the passenger who brought the dog on board the plane did let the animal out. Lehmacher said the dog got loose and bit another passenger and a flight attendant.

The flight was diverted to Pittsburgh by the pilot and medical personnel met the plane to treat the bite victims for minor injuries.

US Airways is trying to get the rest of the passengers back on track to Phoenix, Lehmacher said.

This report from WTAE 4ABC News Pittsburgh,

Who Let the Dog Out?

6 comments for “Dog Bites US Airways Flight Attendant, Prompts Diversion To Pittsburgh

  1. December 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Ahh, how could such a little cutie pie do such a thing……
    Looks like a little Gremlin.

  2. December 6, 2010 at 9:04 am

    LOL A.L. !
    The pooch in the pic is not the actual dog from this piece. I needed a quick photo to go with the story. Saw this pup pic in the GOOGLE window and had to have it!


  3. 3bettins
    December 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

    wow, you’d think on an airline interest website that the “admin” would know the correct name of the airline in question. US Airways changed it’s name at 5 years ago!

  4. December 6, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Haha…. That was the copy from ABC News in Pittsburgh. Did you go after them too? Click on the link and you’ll see they’ve since made the corrections.

    I’ll correct it here too, for accuracy.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Always Martha

  5. December 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Actually, 3bettins, US Airways changed their name back in 1997. You’re off a few years.

  6. December 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    The image of this dog is NOT the dog involved in the incident – this little “gremlin” is a Google Image dog – but, none-the-less, some people just don’t use common sense. I’d never open up the cage in the cabin…if the dog needs assistance, take him to the bathroom and help him there.

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