Air force unleashes poison on furry squatters

20th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch air force has had to resort to using poisonous gas. The victims were mice who thought F-16 fighter jets would make a perfect home.

20 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch air force has had to resort to using poisonous gas. The victims were mice who thought F-16 fighter jets would make a perfect home.

The air force's fleet of F-16 jets is due to replace by the new JSF fighter, which is being built by a US-led consortium. But the military isn't ready to turn its planes into rodent retirement palaces just yet.

An air force spokesperson confirmed to news agency ANP that a band of mice set their little hearts on four F-16s that were being stored in a hangar at the Leeuwarden air base in the north of the country pending maintenance.

The new tenants set about redecorating last November by chewing through cables to line their nests, but the air force says the damage was limited and has been fully repaired.

The mice were not so lucky.

The military's pest-control service used traps and poisonous gas to drive the rodents out of their newly-acquired real estate. There are no exact figures on casualties.

Meanwhile, in a more serious incident, two F-16s were scrambled on Wednesday after air traffic controllers reported a Boeing 747 on route from Germany that had not made radio contact.

The pilot of the commercial flight later contacted air traffic controllers after being singled to do so by the F-16 jets.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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