Incident Date: Nov 05, 2007
Report Date: January 2008
Incident Type: Loss
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 12 years
Flight Number: 551
Originating Airport: RDU (Raleigh-Durham Intl)
Destination Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Reporting Airport: RDU (Raleigh-Durham Intl)
INCIDENT #1: CO Flight #551 Raleigh- Houston Cat â€“ Domestic Short hair-12yrs old November 5, 2007 Male / Name: â€œScrambleâ€
Narrative Description: Description of the Incident: The animal was tendered in Raleigh and was being transported to the aircraft when the crateâ€™s door popped open and the animal escaped.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: The crate appears to be a cheaper, thinner plastic and did not withstand normal handling. The crateâ€™s door popped open which allowed the animal to escape.
Description of any corrective action taken: Staff at Raleigh was reprimanded for not applying Continentalâ€™s required zip-ties on the door of the crate, per Continentalâ€™s policy, which wouldâ€™ve prevented this escape. The catâ€™s owner has been flown to back to Raleigh to assist in the search but the cat was not located; however, Continental personnel continue to keep live traps out and near the place of escape in hopes of capturing Scramble. The efforts are on-going.