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  Runaway mouse keeps plane on the ground
Updated 31 January 2003, 18.03

An escaped mouse kept a plane grounded in Switzerland for an entire day.

When the plane touched down in the Swiss city of Zurich after flying in from Boston in the US, officials realised the mouse had done a runner.

That meant the plane couldn't then set off for its next destination, New York in America before its final destination of Mexico.

The people working for Swiss International Air Lines were worried that the mouse would chew through important cables.

Sad ending to the tale

Unfortunately, this story doesn't have a happy ending.

Rather than try and catch the mouse with a cat or using cheese, the airline workers pumped carbon dioxide gas into the plane to kill it, although they did say this was the most painless way of doing it.

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