A recent video about a pilot who ferries “retired” racing greyhounds to their new homes prompted me to research reports to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System about animals on board aircraft.
I wondered if instances of carting canines on aircraft created report-worthy situations. Dogs are known to spook easily from sudden, loud noises. Had one ever gotten got out of its cage or broken loose from its restraints during turbulence or a panic attack? Had erratic movements by an oversized pooch in a small plane caused uncommanded pitching moments?
I pored over the 200-plus reports I found in response to my query. Only three of them directly addressed these questions.
The first report might inspire all of us to be even more diligent in our preflight inspections.[Read more…]