Two of the actor's dogs were killed early Thursday morning in a freak accident at Bangor International Airport in Maine, shortly after the family's private jet came in for a landing. Travolta and Kelly Preston reportedly own a home in nearby Isleboro.
"At approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010, an airplane carrying members of the John Travolta family landed at BIA," read a statement released by airport director Rebecca Hupp.
"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 plane 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."
A rep for Travolta declined to comment.
(Originally published May 17, 2010, at 5:12 p.m. PT)
It isn't hard to see the tragedy in this story when you think of how the stars love their Very Important Pets.