Incident Date: Dec 26, 2006
Report Date: February 2007
Incident Type: Loss
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: DL5297
Originating Airport: DCA (Ronald Reagan Washington National)
Destination Airport: JFK (John F Kennedy Intl)
Reporting Airport: JFK (John F Kennedy Intl)
Carrier Delta Air Lines
Flight Number Flight # DL5297 DCA-JFK
Date and Time of Incident December 26, 2006 â€“ approximately 1730
Type of Incident Escape
Description of Animal Breed: feline Age: unknown
Description of the Incident A kennel containing a live cat was being offloaded from the cargo hold of the aircraft. While traveling down the conveyor an agent witnessed the cat reaching out with its paws from the side of the kennel door. The cat was able to force his way between the kennel door and side of the kennel and escaped onto the ramp. Immediate attempts to capture the cat were unsuccessful.
Cause of the Incident Bolt and lock nut securing two halves of the kennel located next to the door release was missing.
Corrective Action Taken Immediate attempt made by multiple ramp agents a crew members to capture the cat. Immediate notification to Port Authority Police on escape. Placed kennel in last known location with food in attempt to capture the cat.
Direct follow up with the Delta Station Manager at the origin which included accepting agent on proper procedures for securing kennel doors and verify correct assembly of the kennel.