Re: Mouse grounds Qatar airliner in Philippines for more than 12 hours
September 28, 2005
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Passengers were buckled up when a crew member
spotted a mouse darting across an aisle, triggering a chase that grounded a
Qatar Airways plane at Manila airport for more than 12 hours.
The airline asked the 243 passengers to disembark, unloaded hundreds of
pieces of luggage and brought the Airbus 330-200 to a hangar for a two-hour
fumigation, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star newspapers
reported. The rodent was never found, so it either escaped or there's a dead
mouse aboard the plane.
"There was an incident before with a cockroach but it's the first time that
we had to deal with a mouse and it delayed a flight," Octavio Lina,
operations chief of the Manila International Airport Authority, was quoted
He explained rodents are a danger to airplanes because they can chew up
important electrical wiring.
The mouse that roared..