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Mouse that grounded SAS jet 'still at large'
The mouse pictured here is not the mouse mentioned in the article.

Mouse that grounded SAS jet 'still at large'

Published: 19 Aug 2011 16:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 Aug 2011 16:24 GMT+02:00

“Well, the mouse was never found,” said SAS Head of Press Relations Malin Selander to The Local when asked for an update on the state of affairs.

“We had the Airbus 330 in the hangar with a huge amount of rat traps during the afternoon and overnight.”

Despite exhaustive efforts deployed by staff and security to sniff out any villainous vermin in the aircraft, no such furry invader was ever found.

“The lights were shut off in the plane for a matter of hours overnight just to elicit the mouse, without luck,” Selander told The Local.

Having left some 250 US-bound passengers stranded in Stockholm from 10.30 in the morning until well into Tuesday afternoon waiting patiently to be rebooked, the animal that security personnel had briefly spotted in the aircraft evaded all attempts to be captured.

“When the mouse is not caught in traps even after such a long period of time we do a visual check, and after that all we could do was conclude that it was no longer onboard,” said Selander.

What’s left to wonder is if the illusory intruder was ever, in fact, going to be en route to Chicago.

Selander admits to The Local that the rodent sighting remains a mystery, and will be remembered by SAS as a curious time-consuming endeavour.

“We had many people waiting patiently for that mouse,” she conceded.

Caroline Bursell (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

17:20 August 19, 2011 by andyron2
A mouse never entrusts his life to only one hole.
17:47 August 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
Words to live by.
18:30 August 19, 2011 by Soft Boiled
Its one of those sneaky "mus"lims onboard! ;)
19:50 August 19, 2011 by sgt_doom
This mouse obviously should be extradited to his place of origin.

Where is Claes Borgstrom? Where is Thomas Bodstrom (still in the USA getting his marching orders from the CIA, no doubt)?

What does Carl Bildt have to say about this? (Probably, "We are all mice now!" --- predictable!)
20:08 August 19, 2011 by jack sprat
A spokesman said "This is the most expensive mouse in history."

Well that will certainly be the case if it downs an Airbus 330.

A mouse can get through a hole the diameter of a pencil.

Now if that mouse turns out to be preggers I wouldn't wish to be on board that big bird once the mouse family have done their dirty work behind the screens, especially having seen the damage they can do under the bonnet of a car.

I forget just how many kms of cable are stashed away out of sight in those big birds, but its quite a lot.

Food for thought....... and for Mrs Mouse and family.
20:19 August 19, 2011 by Imperor
Send in a Ferret?
22:55 August 19, 2011 by jack sprat
....or a Jack Russell.
11:03 August 20, 2011 by forsdavg
A platoon of terrorists could ground a whole fleet of aircraft with words "did you see it, it ran under that seat"
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