Small dog diverts big plane

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A USAirways flight from Newark to Phoenix was diverted to Pittsburgh this morning after a passenger's small dog got loose and bit a flight attendant and another passenger.

Flight 522 from Newark carrying 122 passengers landed at Pittsburgh International Airport, where medical personnel treated the two people who were bitten.

USAirways said 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 animal ran loose.

Although the dog is small and the injuries minor, the captain felt it was best to divert the plane.

USAirways was working this morning to find other flights for the passengers headed to Phoenix.


Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.


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