Beleaguered carrier United Airlines (UAL) has a new controversy to add to its growing list of troubles: the death of a giant rabbit on board one of its aircraft.
The company said it was “saddened” by the passing of giant bunny Simon on a flight from London Heathrow to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the BBC reports. The 35-inch-long rabbit was reportedly being transported to a new “celebrity” owner when it was found dead in the cargo hold on the flight’s arrival.
Simon was reportedly the son of Darius, the world’s largest rabbit at over 51 inches. United Airlines said it is investigating.
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According to U.S. Department of Transportation figures, 35 animals died on board U.S. airlines in 2015. Of those, 14 died on United flights — the highest rate of any U.S. carrier.
United has faced a slew of criticism and outrage in recent weeks after passenger Dr. David Dao was violently pulled from an overbooked domestic flight.