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Monday, 15 January, 2001, 09:43 GMT
Mouse grounds Swiss plane
Boeing 767
Officials feared the mouse had gnawed through cables
A Swiss plane has been grounded at Zurich airport - because of a mouse on board.

The mouse was spotted by the co-pilot as the plane arrived from the Dominican Republic.

The plane had been due to take off again for Mexico, but the 200 passengers booked onto the flight were ordered to stay in Zurich overnight after specialists failed to track the mouse down.

Mousetraps with cheese also proved unsuccessful.

Cable damage

In the end, airline officials took a more drastic approach - bringing in a team of pest control experts who killed the mouse with gas.

An airline spokesman said there was concern the mouse might have gnawed at the plane's cables and damaged them.

He said this was not the first such incident, and that in the past, a cat had been brought in to help solve the problem.

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