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Dog forces plane to land
12/07/10 US Air flight 522 from Newark to Phoenix had
to be diverted to Pittsburgh for an unscheduled landing after a
passenger's dog got loose at 30,000ft and bit two people on board.
The passenger with the dog was supposed to keep it in
its cage under her seat, which is the airline's policy. But she took it
out and the dog ran loose. The dog’s owner opened the cage despite being
told not to, said Valerie Wunder, a spokeswoman for US Airways.
The dog bit a passenger who had tried to calm it and
then broke out of its cage, officials said. The animal then ran up the
plane's aisle and bit a flight attendant who tried to grab it.
The pilot decided to land and have the bites treated.