Ca­nine pas­sen­ger gets loose, shot dead on South Korea run­way

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

SEOUL, South Korea: A South Korean air­port of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day that air­port staff shot and killed a dog be­long­ing to a Thai Air­ways pas­sen­ger af­ter it got loose be­fore be­ing boarded onto a plane and ran onto a busy run­way. An of­fi­cial from In­cheon Air­port said that the re­sponse on Mon­day was stan­dard pro­ce­dure and in­evitable be­cause the dog could have threat­ened the safety of air­craft and pas­sen­gers. The of­fi­cial said the dog be­longed to a pas­sen­ger who was board­ing a flight from Seoul to Bangkok. He couldn’t con­firm whether the dog’s owner filed a com­plaint with air­port man­age­ment. “It seemed that air­line work­ers didn’t prop­erly close the dog’s cage, al­low­ing it to es­cape just be­fore be­ing boarded,” said the air­port of­fi­cial, who didn’t want to be named, cit­ing of­fice rules. “Our staff first ran af­ter the dog try­ing to cap­ture it, but they couldn’t. The dog had to be shot to pre­vent it from caus­ing a se­ri­ous safety ac­ci­dent.” —AP

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