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When pigs fly? Not on this US Airways plane

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) ā€” This was a pig that truly could not fly.

The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crewmembers determined the animal had become disruptive.

Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways parent American Airlines, said Friday the pig was brought aboard by a passenger as an emotional support animal.

She said both the pig and its owner left the aircraft before it took off.

Jonathan Skolnik, a University of Massachusetts professor who was also a passenger, told ABC News that the pig ā€” which he estimated to weigh about 50-70 pounds, was on a leash but began walking back and forth.

Masdival says under federal guidelines emotional support animals are allowed on commercial flights as long as they're not disruptive.