The dog, which appears to be a husky or husky mix, was found dead in the cargo hold, TMZ reported, citing sources at the Los Angeles International Airport on March 20.
“One Air France employee with knowledge of the incident claims … the dog was incorrectly loaded in the cargo hold and lost oxygen during the transatlantic flight,” TMZ reported.
The flight time took about 10 hours and 45 minutes, the report said.
The unnamed owner of the dog picked the animal up at the Air France warehouse at the Los Angeles airport.
“She was devastated,” the report stated, adding that there were pictures of the dead animal that “are too disturbing to share.”
A dog was found dead on arrival at LAX after being stored in a cargo hold of an Air France KLM flight from Amsterdam.
Air France hasn’t issued a statement on the matter.
Other details about the incident aren’t clear.
Last year, there were several reports of dogs dying on planes.
The 8-year-old Pomeranian, Alejandro, died during a layover on his way from Phoenix to Newark, New Jersey
More Dog Deaths on Planes
In June, an 8-year-old Pomeranian dog died on a trip from Delta Air Lines from Phoenix to Newark, CNN reported.
“There was a stop in Detroit at 6 a.m. Alejandro was checked on. He was alive. Then between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. he was checked on again and he was dead,” said Michael Dellegrazie’s attorney, Evan Oshan. Dellegrazie owned the dog.
During a layover in Detroit, the dog was held in a cargo facility. An official with Delta found the dog unresponsive.
“The family is very upset,” Oshan said. “This is essentially their family member who died. To say they are upset is a gross understatement.”
Meanwhile, a United Airlines flight attendant forced a dog into an overhead bin on a flight, apparently leading to the dog’s death, reported The Independent.
Maggie Gremminger was told a passenger had to place her dog into the bin. The dog was barking in the bin, but it went quiet when the plane hit a patch of turbulence.
United accepted “full responsibility” for the death of the animal, which was 10 months old.
Gremminger said, “I just flew into LGA and witnessed a United flight attendant instruct a passenger to put her dog bag in the overhead bin. It was clearly a dog and while the customer was adamant about leaving it under the seat, the attendant pushed her to do so.”
“At the end of the flight, the woman found her dog, deceased. She sat in the airplane aisle crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned.”
According to another passenger, the flight attendant apparently “INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow.”
But, “there was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel. There was no movement as his family called his name,” the passenger said.