Again: United Airlines Flight Diverted After Dog is ‘Mistakenly’ Placed On the Plane

A third mishap involving a pet on a United Airlines flight has occurred in less than a week.

A flight from Newark to St. Louis was diverted Thursday after the airline realized that a dog was “mistakenly” loaded onto the plane, United Airlines said in a statement.

The dog was dropped off in Akron, Ohio, and was later “safely delivered” to its owner, the airline said, but it is unclear where the reunion took place.

United provided compensation to all of the customers on board the diverted Flight 3996, it said.

The mix-up was the third incident involving a pet on a United Airlines flight in just a week.

On Monday, a 10-month-old French bulldog puppy named Kokito died aboard a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant ordered the owner to place the dog’s carrier — with the dog still inside — in the overheard bin because it was blocking the aisle.

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SOURCE: JULIA JACOBO and DANIEL STEINBERGER
ABC News