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Bee Swarm Delays American Airlines Flight at DFW Airport

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | October 15, 2015

Bee Swarm Delays American Airlines Flight at DFW Airport

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Few things are more terrifying than a swarm of bees. Even safe and sound inside an airplane cabin, the buzzing insects can cause big problems.

That was the case at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Wednesday, where roughly 1,000 bees led an American Airlines flight to be delayed for more than one hour, NBC News reported.

KCDB 11 reporter Karin McCay was at the center of the action, posting images of the incident to social media.

"Pilot says Queen bee flew into wing and 1,000 bees followed, delaying AA flight on runway at DFW for more than an hour," McCay wrote in a description accompanying a pair of photos from the cabin. "But most passengers up and watching — just beemused."

McCay, like many of the passengers aboard the Boeing 767, was able to find the humor in the situation.

"We had an issue at D/FW with a swarm of bees yesterday afternoon, not once, but twice," American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said in a statement via the Dallas Morning News. "The bees never entered the passenger cabin of the plane and were concentrated in the cargo area underneath the plane."

The bee experts were eventually able to force the bees out of the wing so that the flight could continue on to its final destination.

"We called a bee keeper out to deal with the situation," she added. "He captured the queen and the swarm and we finished unloading."

Keep in mind this isn't the first time a flight has been impacted by a swarm of bees. In July, a Russian passenger jet was reportedly delayed for nearly an hour after a swarm of bees landed on it ahead of takeoff. One month earlier a Flybe flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a bee got stuck in one of the plane's instruments.


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