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Did A Massive Bee Swarm Delay a Russian Passenger Jet?

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | July 09, 2015

Did A Massive Bee Swarm Delay a Russian Passenger Jet?

Take the following with a grain of salt, as details are scarce on when or even if it actually happened, but the photos are fascinating and we'll have to trust the Daily Mail on this one.

According to the Daily Mail, a Rossiya flight traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg was delayed for nearly an hour on an unspecified date when a swarm of bees landed on the Airbus A319 as it started taxiing ahead of takeoff. Witnesses said bees attached themselves to parts of the plane's wing, fuselage and windows.

Two ambulances were called to the scene as a precaution.

Crews at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport were able to remove the bees. While it's unclear how they managed to do so, the Daily Mail notes the "usual method is to smoke the bees out and vacuum them up."

The MailOnline posted a series of photos of the scary situation on Twitter.

No stings or injuries were reported as a result of the freak incident, which comes just one month after a Dublin-bound Flybe flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Southampton, England after a bee got stuck in one of the plane's instruments. 

In April 2014, an Allegiant Air flight was grounded in Las Vegas after a swarm of bees clouded the plane's windshields before being sucked into the plane's engines.

Fortunately, the flights suffered only mild delays in all three cases. 

The Daily Mail points out that, because of the lack of trees and vegetation at airports, planes have become preferred resting places for bees in some cases. 

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