A passenger's dog was found dead in the cargo hold when he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport, KLM told Fox News.
The unnamed passenger, who was flying with Air France-KLM from Amsterdam, would have been "devastated", according to TMZ. She found her dead dog – which seems to be a husky – in a LAX warehouse after Tuesday's robbery.
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The animal reportedly succumbed to a lack of oxygen during the nearly eleven-hour flight after being placed in the cargo area of the aircraft, according to TMZ. However, in a statement from the airline to Fox News, the cause of death can only be confirmed after the scheduled necropsy.
A representative of the airline confirmed the incident to Fox News and offered his condolences to the passenger.
"A dog was found dead in the hold of the KL601, after an Amsterdam-Los Angeles flight on March 19. The owner of the dog was informed and we express our condolences.In cooperation with the US local health authorities, the CDC, the dog was first examined to ensure that there was no immediate threat to public health.The dog was loaded correctly, in accordance with KLM's policy regarding We must wait for the results of the autopsy to determine the cause of death, "the statement said.
The alleged incident occurs almost a year after the discovery of a 9 month old French bulldog on a United Airlines flight, after the officer had asked his owner to place it in the compartment at upper luggage, rather than under the seat.
United claims full responsibility for "the tragic accident" and offers to compensate the family. In May, the family's lawyer confirmed that the airline had settled with the family.
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Michelle Gant and Janine Puhak of Fox News contributed to this report.