A Hyderabad-Pune flight of Alliance Air airlines, a subsidiary of Air India, was attacked by a swarm of bees on July 26 causing a delay by an hour. The Pune-bound flight was swarmed by bees when it was stationed at the airport.
According to an ANI report, the fuselage was covered by bees. The bees flew from under a wing and some attached themselves to the wing, while others covered windows of the airplne. The pilot of the aircraft immediately informed the airport official. Knowing about the incident, Hyderabad ATC advised the pilot not to go ahead with the take off till the bees flew off, the report said.
“Safety is always our priority. So the pilot ensures all precautionary steps before taking off,” Air India spokesperson Dhanajay Kumar told the agency confirming the incident.
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 1, 2017
Earlier in 2016, bees had grounded an F-22 aircraft in Virginia, according to nydailynews.com. Another similar incident was reported in Russia, when thousands of bees staged an attack on a passenger plane at a Moscow airport. They swarmed an Airbus-319 as it was about to start taxiing ahead of taking off from Vnukovo Airport bound for St Petersburg, as per dailymail.co.uk.