A Hyderabad-Pune flight of Alliance Air airlines, a subsidiary of Air India, was attacked by bees on July 26 causing a delay by an hour. A 9I-867 flight bound for Pune was swarmed by bees when it was stationed at the airport, as reported by ANI. A video released by the news agency shows that 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, as per ANI. 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.
Confirming the incident, Air India in its statement has said, “The flight timing was 18:35 hrs that got delayed by an hour due to this bee-attack.” “Safety is always our priority. So the pilot ensures all precautionary steps before taking off, ” Air India spokesperson Dhanajay Kumar told the news agency.
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Earlier on 13 August 2016, a swarm of nearly 20,000 bees grounded an F-22 aircraft in Virginia, according to nydailynews.com. Another similar incident as also 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.