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Bees hijack Delta airplane wing and delays flight for hours

Bees hijack Delta airplane wing and delays flight for hours

On Wednesday, a swarm of bees gathered on the plane’s wing, forcing the airline to delay the flight while it tried to persuade the insects to buzz off, causing a delay of several hours.

According to flight data, the flight was originally scheduled to depart Houston for Atlanta at 12:25 p.m. Eastern time today, but the bee swarm caused it to be postponed until around 4:30 p.m.

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A passenger on the flight tweeted about the incident, including the suggestion of summoning a beekeeper to remove the insects, as well as the first finding of the bees and a blow-by-blow of the event.

A passenger tweeted, “My flight leaving Houston is delayed because bees have gathered on the tip of one of the wings,” along with a picture of the bee-swarmed wing. “Until the bees are taken out, they won’t let us board.  But how on earth will this happen? When we take off, won’t they leave the wing?

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She pointed out that the airline had attempted to blow exhaust onto the swarm. Bees were not impressed,” she wrote.

When the plane pushed back from the gate without any passengers on board, the bees were eventually shaken loose, a spokesperson said. “As soon as our plane’s engine turned on, THE BEES LEFT!!! All Delta had to do was TURN ON THE PLANE,” she wrote.

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