Swarm of bees on cockpit window delays flight for almost four hours

An Air India flight was delayed by several hours after a swarm of bees landed on the cockpit window, attacking ground staff when they tried to remove them.

The insects landed on the window just before the plane was due to leave Kolkata airport on Sunday with 136 passengers. The flight included Bangladesh’s information minister.

Ground staff tried to shoo the insects off, which angering them. And when attempts to use the windscreen wipers failed officials switched to ‘plan b’ and blasted them off with water.

“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 Bhattacharya said.

The flight eventually took off to Agartala after a three and a half hour delay.

Bees swarm when a queen bee leaves an existing colony to find a new home together with thousands of worker bees.

Source : Various