Manchester TerrierThe animal kingdom must have a vendetta against the airline business. In October, a plane crash survivor blamed an escaped crocodile for a jet’s mysterious plummet from the skies above the Congo; that same month, officials at the Denver International Airport accused rascally rabbits of chomping on soy-based car parts in its Pikes Peak Shuttle parking lot; and yesterday, a Manchester Terrier who bit two people onboard a US Airways flight from Newark to Phoenix convinced the pilot to make an emergency pit stop in Pittsburgh.

The pooch – a 12-pound dog named Mandy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – was let loose from her carrier mid-flight and bit one passenger and one flight attendant. Although the bites were minor, the pilot decided to land and find medical attention for the two victims.


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Reportedly, the approved pet carrier wasn’t strong enough for the dog; she escaped, started barking and ran up and down the plane’s aisle. When a passenger tried to calm Mandy down, the dog became angrier and fought back against the flyer and the flight attendant who stepped in to remedy the situation.


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After the two bite victims received treatment at Pittsburgh International Airport, the plane continued on to Phoenix; police gave Mandy and her 89-year-old owner lunch, outfitted the pup with a stronger pet carrier, and sent the two on a later flight.

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