United Airlines flight diverted after dog 'mistakenly' placed on the plane

United Airlines flight diverted after dog 'mistakenly' placed on the plane

United said the dog was successfully reunited with its owner. "United Airlines does not care about the safety of their furry travelers".

United Airlines is making headlines for the third time this week after another pet mishap.

A pilot told NBC News that a non-stop flight from Newark to St. Louis made an unexpected stop in OH on Thursday night to take a dog off the wrong plane.

Flight 3996 was carrying 33 passengers from Newark, New Jersey, to St. Louis, but the pet was due to fly from New Jersey to Akron.

Airline officials said it offered compensation to all passengers.

There were two earlier animal-related mistakes made by United Airlines this week.

Air Canada says systems back online
The Canadian carrier advised in a tweet that airport systems, check-in and customer call centres were all back online. Monday-final tweet on the issue sent at 2:38 p.m. reported that "operations were returning to normal".

The airline on Tuesday similarly placed a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo on a plane to Japan instead of the one traveling to his intended destination in Kansas City, Mo.

On Tuesday, another case of mistaken canine identity occurred on a United flight, sending a pet owner into a frenzy when she discovered a Great Dane in the place of her German shepherd, Irgo, in a facility at the Kansas City airport. Irgo was eventually flown back to the United States in first class.

Prosecutors from the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston announced Thursday that they were reviewing Kokito's death to see whether animal cruelty charges are warranted.

When Swindle and her children went to the cargo facility to pick up their dog, they were given a Great Dane puppy and not their beloved German Shepherd.

"I don't want this to ever happen again", she said.