United plane heading to St. Louis diverted after pet mistakenly loaded onboard

ST. LOUIS, MO — United Airlines flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis was forced to divert to Akron, Ohio on Thursday when the airline realized a pet had mistakenly been loaded onto the plane in error, United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin tells CNN.

The flight, which was carrying 33 passengers, left Newark, NJ on Thursday morning and was bound for St. Louis, MO, however, once the mistake was identified, the plane diverted to Akron, OH to drop the pet off at its final destination.

The pet was flying in cargo and was due to fly from Newark to Akron. United tells CNN: "the pet has been safely delivered to its owner."

According to United, compensation was offered to all passengers as a result of the diversion.