It sounds like a horror movie, but
this was no Hollywood production. As a Rossiya Airlines Airbus-319 prepared to
taxi before taking off from VKO en route to LED, thousands of bees swarmed the
Eye witnesses said the bees flew from
under a wing and engulfed the plane, covering windows
and, not surprisingly, freaking out pax.
Two ambulances were called to the plane amid fears that the bees might get
inside the cabin. Stings from bees can cause anaphylactic shock in people with
an allergy, and honey bee stings release a pheromone which prompts other nearby
bees to attack.
No-one was hurt, however, as airport 'efficiently and quickly' removed the
insects from the plane's fuselage. Although reports do not explain how this was
done, the usual method is to smoke the bees out – which disables their
defensive responses - and vacuum them up.
The flight was delayed by slightly
under an hour. Not bad at all.
It's not the 1st time a
swarm of bees have caused problems for air pax. In April 2015 a massive
swarm of bees managed to ground a MSP-bound G4 flight after 1st
clouding the windshields and then getting sucked into the plane's engines.
Africanized honey bees, or so called 'killer bees', are increasingly causing
havoc at airports, particularly across America’s southwest. The aggressive
bees, which entered the U.S. from Mexico in the early 1990s, like to travel
across open spaces and have to stop to rest whenever the queen gets
Because airports have so few trees or
other obvious rest stops, planes, baggage-loading equipment, terminals and
garages are the only option for the swarm and airplane staff sometimes report
that they have found thousands of bees in engine covers, on cockpit windshields
or swarming in the luggage compartment of a plane.