TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) – A Torrington man says he’s been told that mice brought down his small plane that crashed into a river in Rhode Island last week.

Forty-two-year-old Danny Hall was flying a 1968 single-engine Cessna that crashed into the Pawcatuck River on Aug. 2 after the engine failed about two miles from Westerly Airport.

Hall says a Federal Aviation Administration investigation found that mice had built a nest in the plane and when he pulled a device that prevents icing, the mice and their nest were sucked into the carburetor, causing the engine to seize up.

Hall says that without actually opening up the plane and looking inside there would have been no way of knowing the mice were there before takeoff.

Hall had only minor injuries.

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