Bees stops AI jet

- A Monitor Report01 Oct, 2019 | 98 Views|-+
Kolkata : An Air India passenger jet was delayed by three hours in Kolkata Airport after the flight crew discovered a swarm of belligerent bees blocking the cockpit window.

The bees attacked ground staff who attempted to remove them so that the Kolkata-Agartala flight with 136 passengers, including Bangladesh's information minister, could take off recently.

Airline workers initially attempted to clear the invasive insects with the plane's windshield wipers, but eventually had to resort to the tried and trusted method of blasting them with a hose, with a little help from the airport's fire department.

"Fire tenders were deployed to spray water to dislodge the honey bees and they could be driven away after nearly an hour-long operation," airport official Kaushik Bhattcharya said.

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