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memyselfI
07-13-2006, 09:32 PM
ewwwwwwwww. Yet another reason to be afraid to fly. Frankly, I find mice on a plane scarier than snakes.


http://www.kare11.com/news/national/national_article.aspx?storyid=129110

Hidden camera video shows mice on airplane

It's the busy summer travel season and a lot of families have vacations planned. But before you fly, you might want to see the hidden-camera video obtained KSDK TV in St. Louis.

The video was shot by a long-time employee at the American Airlines overhaul facility at Kansas City International Airport. The whistleblower did not want to be identified, but did want to expose a hidden secret onboard a Boeing 767 passenger plane.

The whistle blower said, "We had to take the chairs off and that's when everybody saw mice running around on the floor and one ran down one of the mechanics arm."

The plane arrived in Missouri April 30. Pointing to the video, the whistleblower explained, "There is feces all along this edge right here. It's throughout the whole aircraft."

The whistle blower said workers found nests in air vents and dead mice in emergency oxygen masks. When mice would get hungry, they ate insulation and chewed through wires.

"If they shorted themselves and caused a fire, it would go through that cabin so fast, we could have lost some lives," said the whistleblower.

Several calls were made to the Federal Aviation Administration hotline asking for an investigation. Using the Freedom of Information Act, KSDK obtained the FAA brief.

On May 5, 2006, a caller reported a mouse infestation. The complaint went on to say that mice chewed through two wires. The caller alleged American Airlines was doing nothing about eradicating the mice.

On May 10, 2006, a caller reported that mice were building nests near the oxygen generators.

The whistleblower said, "Anywhere from 900 to 1,000 (mice) could be on this aircraft."

That's the estimate exterminators gave workers, but American Airlines disputes that number. In a written statement the airline admits to finding only 17 live mice.

Mel Burkhardt has been an aviation expert for more than 30 years. He's a retired pilot and current crash scene investigator.

He said mice on airplanes "involves a very severe hazard to the safety of the airplane and the people on board."

We showed Burkardt the hidden camera video.

"The potential for the catastrophic mishap is there and if you have one mouse, you have two. (If) you have two, you have a family," he said.

Burkardt said the plane should have been grounded but according to maintenance logs obtained by KSDK that didn't happen.

On April 20th the plane was at JFK where mechanics noted a "mouse observed in the galley." The log goes on to indicate that maintenance was deferred. The decision was made to put the plane back into service, and fly passengers across the country to Los Angeles International Airport.

That is when the whistleblower says there was another incident on April 23. The plane went back in the air over and over until it was flown into Kansas City eleven days later.

"When you fly 100 hours and (do) not take care of the problem, you are putting the people traveling in danger," the whistleblower said.

The Federal Aviation Administration says American Airlines did nothing wrong because airlines do not have to report rodent infestations unless the rodents affect the mechanics.

American Airlines would not let us see the repairs inside the plane and would not talk to us on camera. But in a statement the company said N320 was always safe to fly and no lives were put at risk.

Burkhardt doubts this is the only plane with a rodent problem. But he also said exposing the issue is good for the airlines and for passengers.

"I guarantee now that it is known, they'll address it and within a very short period of time I think this issue will disappear," he said.

According to the FAA all insulation and oxygen masks on N320 have been replaced. The cargo bins have been removed and replaced and the wiring has been inspected.

Burkhardt said if you are flying on American Airlines N320 feel good about it. He said it's probably now the cleanest, safest airplane in the fleet.

American Airlines said N320 was an anomaly and while an occasional mouse has boarded, infestations simply don't happen.

By Leisa Zigman
KSDK TV

4th and Long
07-13-2006, 09:34 PM
As long as I don't find a cockroach in my honey roasted peanuts ...

BucEyedPea
07-13-2006, 09:37 PM
As long as I don't find a cockroach in my honey roasted peanuts ...
Don't ever come to Floriiiiida then! ROFL
We get 'em all the time...plus you can put a saddle on 'em here.
They just call them palmetto bugs to help the tourism.
They should really be the state bird.
And mildew the state flower. :p

Bwana
07-13-2006, 09:37 PM
Make the mice watch soccer before the people get on and 10/1 says they haul ass off the plane. .....problem solved :)

ChiefsCountry
07-13-2006, 09:39 PM
I would flip out, mainly its bc I have a phobia with mice, rats, hamsters, etc. Its weird, I have had since I was little.

4th and Long
07-13-2006, 09:39 PM
Don't ever come to Floriiiiida then! ROFL
We get 'em all the time...plus you can put a saddle on 'em here.
They just call them palmetto bugs to help the tourism.
They should really be the state bird.
And mildew the state flower. :p
Reason #7,952 I will never live in Florida.

Ultra Peanut
07-13-2006, 09:45 PM
I LOVE THESE MOTHER****IN' MICE!!!!!!!!!

memyselfI
07-13-2006, 10:09 PM
I would flip out, mainly its bc I have a phobia with mice, rats, hamsters, etc. Its weird, I have had since I was little.

Snakes and spiders don't bother me. But mice...

I'd flip out too.