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Thursday 17 April 2014

Hendrix the dog flies from US to Ireland on his own after error

Hendrix, the springer spaniel, who ended up in Ireland after being put on the wrong flight in the US.

HE'S six years old and he managed to travel 5,000 miles in the wrong direction before ending up in Ireland – alone.

Hendrix, a springer spaniel, had the right ticket when his owner sent him on what should have been a routine flight from Newark on America's east coast to Phoenix, Arizona.

But like his legendary rock star namesake, Jimi Hendrix, the dog is now an international traveller.

And it took three flights over 24 hours to return the reluctant passenger to his right destination.

"I was not happy," his owner Edith Alback admitted, on hearing the news from United Airlines.

Edith, from Staten Island, said she paid $408 (€303) for Hendrix, plus $160 (€123) for a crate, to fly to Phoenix where all her family are moving to. The airline is giving the family a refund.

The next time Hendrix's owner will see him is April 1 when she joins the rest of her family but she added: "In the future, I'll drive anywhere I go".

United Airlines has yet to figure out what happened, but said it was reviewing the circumstances "and taking steps to prevent this from happening again".

Irish Independent

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