Mike Bruno
May 18, 2010 AT 02:53 PM EDT

Two dogs belonging to John Travolta were struck and killed by a service truck at an airport in Maine last Thursday, the Bangor Daily News reports. The city released the following statement detailing the accident: “At approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010, an airplane carrying members of the John Travolta family landed at [Bangor International Airport]. While there, two small dogs were taken for a walk by someone who is not a family member. An airport service pickup truck was approaching the airplane to service the airplane and did not see the dogs. Unfortunately, the dogs were struck and killed. The airport is investigating the accident. Out of respect for the family’s privacy the city will make no further comment.”

An official at the airport explained that the news was not released sooner because it is policy to not comment on the identity of passengers traveling through the facility. The Bangor Daily News learned of the accident after obtaining an email sent by the Bangor Interim City Manager to the nine city councilors. It is unknown if charges will be filed or whether the dogs were on leashes before they were struck.

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