Bumblebee forces Dublin bound plane to turn back
Flybe was forced to turn back and ground one of its flights after a bee became lodged in one of its instruments.
The appropriately-named flight BE384 was travelling from Southampton to Dublin on Friday when it hit insect trouble.
A spokeswoman said the flight was airbourne when it returned to Southampton following a suspected technical issue.
"The aircraft landed without incident and all passengers disembarked as normal," she said.
Well, that's not happened to me before. A bumble bee got stuck in the wind instrument thingie on #flyBe flight BE384. Yep, that FlyBEE.— noelrooney (@noelrooney) June 5, 2015
"Upon inspection, Flybe engineers did discover that the cause of the issue was a bee that had become lodged in an item of instrumentation on the outside of the aircraft."
Passengers, including Noel Rooney, could not bee-lieve what happened on Friday.
"Well, that's not happened to me before. A bumble bee got stuck in the wind instrument thingie on #flyBe. Yep, that FlyBEE," he tweeted.
Later, while taking another flight back from Dublin, he tweeted again: "About to go to airport to board @flybe to Southampton. I've brought a bee in a jar as what would the odds be of two bees in a plane."
Flybe said the safety of its passengers and crew is the airline's number one priority.
"Flybe regrets any inconvenience experienced as a result of the delay to this flight," she added.