B-Movie Flight: Russian Plane Swarmed By Bees

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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 plane.

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 tired.

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.

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