Vicious Dog Forces Plane to Land
Terrier runs amok in passenger cabin
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2010 1:41 AM CST
The bite victims reboarded the flight after being treated by paramedics.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – A passenger who apparently had trouble following the instruction "Don't let your dog out of its carrier" forced a US Airways flight from Newark to Phoenix to make an unscheduled stop in Pittsburgh. The agitated 12-pound Manchester terrier, set loose in the cabin, bit a passenger and a flight attendant, ABC News reports. The pilot decided to land and have the bites treated.

"The captain felt in the interest of safety, it was better to land and have them looked at than continue on," said a US Airways spokesman. He said the airline allows passengers to bring dogs on board as long as they stay in a case that can fit under their seat. The dog and its owner, an 89-year-old New Jersey woman, were allowed to continue their journey on a different flight, and she won't be facing charges over the incident, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.