September 24, 1997 in Nation/World

Squeaky Clean Plane


A London-bound British Airways 747 was prevented from leaving the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a rodent stowaway was spotted on board. The flight was postponed for 24 hours while the aircraft was fumigated and technically checked. A spokesman said the mouse had to be found because it could be carrying disease and might chew through insulation on control cables or bite someone. Passengers were heard muttering about a South African rat without a ticket trying to cop a first-class ride. However, the nationality of the rodent has not been determined.

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