Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bumblebee forces Dublin bound plane to turn back

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Tim Moynihan

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.

"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."

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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.

Press Association

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