Dog dumps plane off-course

Philly-bound flight was forced to land in Missouri on Wednesday after this service animal became ill aboard a US Airways plane.
Philly-bound flight was forced to land in Missouri on Wednesday after this service animal became ill aboard a US Airways plane.
Posted: June 01, 2014

AT 2,000 feet, a dog turd can provoke turbulence.

The passengers and crew of US Airways Flight 598 learned that lesson the hard way Wednesday when their Philly-bound plane was forced to land in Kansas City, Mo., officials said last night.

"During the flight, a service animal became ill, which caused an odor in the cabin that raised to the level that customers and crew reacted to it and became uncomfortable," US Airways spokesman Bill McGlashen told the Daily News.

Passenger accounts posted on Twitter chronicled the event in excessive detail: Apparently, the dog lost control of its bowels twice during the flight.

The first time, the crew was able to clean up the mess without a problem. But they ran out of paper towels, and weren't able to pick up poop No.2.

"People started dry heaving, a couple of people threw up," passenger Steve McCall told Inside Edition. "The first time was bad. The second time people said, 'You got to get us out of here! This is nasty.' "

Once the crap was cleared, the plane - which had taken off two hours late from Los Angeles - resumed its journey, touching down at Philadelphia International Airport at 6:30 p.m., four hours after its scheduled arrival, McGlashen said.

"Service animals are terrific, and this is a very rare occurrence," he added. "It's just a very unfortunate situation, and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this caused."


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