A family's dog died on a United Airlines flight after an air hostess forced the 10-month-old puppy into the plane's overhead bin for the entire 3 hour journey.
A woman with her daughters were taking their black French bulldog pet on the flight from Houston to New York on Monday night.
United Airlines has accepted "full responsibility" for the tragedy and have launched an investigation.
United Airlines said:
"This was a tragic accident that should never have happened," and also added that its "deepest condolences to the family."
Witnesses said they initially placed the dog, which was in a standard pet-carrier, under the seat in front before a flight attendant told them to move it to the overhead compartment.
“The passenger adamantly refused but the flight attendant went on with the instruction.”
The attendant later said she did not know the dog was in the bag.
After the plane reached New York, the woman found her dog dead inside its carrier.