In short : 25 July, 20 minutes after leaving Malaga, an Iberia plane had to return to the airport to save the life of a dog in the cargohold since the teperature regulation didn't work. The captain was afraid that the dog would freeze to death. On board nobody complained and after landing they put the dog in the cabin and took off again.
PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 hours ago) and read 7453 times:
Isn't there usually a connection between the cabin and the cargo hold? I would have thought it to be possible to access the lower level area from the cabin and get the dog out. I guess it depends on what plane we're talking about...
Anyway, I wonder who gets the bill for the extra fuel burned. But nice of the captain to turn around.
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3046 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 hours ago) and read 7404 times:
I have heard of this happening a few times in the U.S. as well. The temperature in the cargo hold is regulated separately from the cabin, and it's generally not possible to access a dog in a kennel surrounded by other suitcases, cargo, etc. without landing and opening the door.
I think the fuel costs to the airline probably pale in comparison to the bad publicity that would be generated by knowingly killing someone's beloved pet!
AirOrange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 hours ago) and read 7343 times:
My brother-in-law did such a rescue operation too when he, as a captain, flew the Transavia Airlines' Boeing from Greece to Amsterdam. He rescued two dogs by decending steeply and landing on the nearest airport.
There was no error in the heating system. The people of the Greek airport put the dogs in the wrong cargo room.
Sorry, I have the Iberia story of the Dachshund only in Dutch:
Vliegtuig keert terug om hondenleven te redden
Uitgegeven: 6 augustus 2004 15:37
Laatst gewijzigd: 6 augustus 2004 16:42
OVIEDO - Een passagiersvliegtuig van de Spaanse maatschappij Iberia is twintig minuten na het opstijgen naar het vliegveld van Málaga teruggevlogen om het leven van de teckel Emilio te redden. De temperatuurregulatie in de bagageruimte werkte niet, waardoor het gevaar bestond dat Emilio zou doodvriezen.
De tekkel is eigendom van Ana Fernández die in het Zuid-Spaanse Málaga woont. Haar vader José Antonio Fernández en moeder Azucena Villameitide hadden Ana in Málaga bezocht. Toen Fernández en Villameitide naar Asturië in het noordwesten van Spanje terugvlogen, namen ze Emilio mee, omdat hun dochter op vakantie zou gaan.
In de vrijdageditie van de krant El Comercio zei Fernández dat de passagiers eerst niet wilden geloven dat de piloot na twintig minuten terugvloog om bevriezing van Emilio te voorkomen. "Niemand protesteerde'', aldus Fernández. "Veel mensen maakten zich zorgen over Emilio.''
Na terugkeer in Málaga bleek de teckel niets te mankeren. Emilio werd in de ruimte van de stewards en stewardessen gezet, waarna het vliegtuig opnieuw opsteeg.
AirplanePeanut From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 hours ago) and read 7245 times:
A flight of Iberia that went to Asturias from Malaga returned to the airport of which it had taken off twenty minutes due to the danger that ran the life of a race dog teckel call "Emilio" due to a failure in the pressurization of the cabin of luggage in which it traveled. ImprimirEnviar agencies the facts happened 25 of July the past when the jeweler Jose Antonio Fernandez and their wife Villameitide Lily returned to the Principality after spending days in Malaga, where resides their daughter Ana, proprietor of the animal. The owner of "Emilio" was spending days in France which forced ' abuelos' of the mascot to become position of the dog that, according to Fernandez, is "customary" to fly since it travels in airplane several times to the year in the displacements from his proprietor to Asturias or Madrid. According to Fernandez, the dog traveled "with all the papers in order" in a cage located in the compartment of luggage of the airplane and, to the twenty minutes of flight, the commander announced that they returned to Malaga due to the freezing risk that supposed for the animal the detected problems of pressurization. "the rest of passengers in principle was not believed that the this one outside reason to give the return and thought that it was another type of failure, but when returning to the airport and verifying that it was thus nobody it protested and many worried about the state of the dog", added. Fernandez as much indicated that during the passage from return to Malaga he as their wife badly spent "a short while" when thinking that they would have to say to his daughter who its mascot had passed away since the temperature in the outside of the airplane went up to around the thirty degrees below cero. After the landing, the dog, that did not suffer any damage, was transferred in its cage to the space that habitually occupies the stewardesses in the airplane that resumed then the trip towards the Airport of Asturias, at which it arrived with a delay from hour and means with respect to the predicted schedule.
Kalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 hour ago) and read 7078 times:
"I'll hold whatever opinions I choose, though I know that will be a difficult concept for an American to grasp."
Oooh. Picking on me now, eh?! Nice comeback or not...
You've already hurt your credibility by saying that you'd shoot a dog so that you'd go on your merry way just to arrive on time... So what if I'm an American?! I know that I'm mature than you, it seems. You're outnumbered so your battle is lost. Give the dog a break.
Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion.
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 hour ago) and read 7050 times:
I think Trident2e got his ass kick by a dog back in the day. I give credit to the pilot for his actions. Screw the costs of gas and whatnot. A pissed off passenger is not worth the bad media and costs that in the end will be cause.
Get a life and grow up Trident2e, you're at least 36 and you're arguing about a dog.... What's that say?
Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years ago) and read 6993 times:
I don't hate the entire animal kingdom, just dogs. They are useless creatures that seem to have no other purpose than to make their owners' homes stink and infested with fleas. I certainly wouldn't want my flight to be turned back to save one of them and I would shed no tears over a dead dog. I think some Far Eastern countries have the right idea - the best place for them is on a menu.
Kalakaua - I really don't mind being criticised, but at least have the courtesy to pay attention to your grammar.
Type-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6840 times:
"They are useless creatures that seem to have no other purpose than to make their owners' homes stink and infested with fleas..."
If you really think the above statement is true, then you have been around some irresponsible dog owners. In this day and age with proper training and flea control products on the market this just isn't true anymore.
Trident2E, your arrogance astounds me!
As for your claims of rationalized people being the "thought" police, grow up.
You are allowed to "think" anyway you want, but you don't have to hand out this drivel that is only inflammatory in nature. Is it your nature to agitate people?