Dog stored in cargo hold dies on 11-hour Amsterdam-to-LA flight on Air France-KLM

A dog was found dead on an Air France-KLM flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles Tuesday. 

Airline spokesperson Lisette Ebeling-Koning confirmed to USA TODAY that the canine died in the plane’s cargo hold during the 11-hour transatlantic flight on March 19. 

“The dog’s owner has been notified and we express our condolences,” the statement reads. “In cooperation with the local health authority in the US, the CDC, the dog was initially examined to ensure there was no immediately obvious public health threat.”

The airline said that the pet was “loaded correctly according KLM’s pet policy,” adding that, “We have to wait for the results of the necropsy to determine the cause of death.”

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