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Stowaway mouse grounds SAS plane

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- An SAS plane was grounded in Sweden after the crew on the flight from New York noticed a stowaway on board -- a mouse.

Because searchers could not find the mouse after the plane landed Tuesday morning at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, the aircraft was unable to make the return trip to New York, The Local reported. SAS said all 200 passengers reserved for the trip were rebooked on later planes.

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Anders Lindstrom, an SAS spokesman, said catching a mouse on an airplane is a dicey process. The only other time SAS had to deal with the problem, last August, the errant rodent was never seen again.

"We place traps inside the aircraft and then we shut it down completely," Lindstrom said. "We need to leave it standing for a while so that the mouse can traipse about freely. Otherwise it ends up going into hiding."

Lindstrom said no one knows how long the mouse had been on the plane or where it boarded, since it did not present the crew with travel documents.

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