Water Cannon Used To Remove Bees From AI Cockpit Windshield

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

A swarm of bees forced the delay of an Air India flight by nearly two hours at Kolkata Airport.

The large swarm clung to part of the cockpit windshield, impairing the pilots' vision, which led to the plane staying put on the tarmac.

The windscreen wipers were deployed and ground staff attempted to get rid of them but nothing worked to get them to buzz off. When they swarm, they really swarm.

The airport fire brigade came to the rescue, spraying the bees with a water cannon which finally did the trick.

The Agartala-bound plane was carrying 136 passengers.

The bee removal operation took about an hour, adding to an earlier delay of one hour due to a technical issue.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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