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Swarm of Bees Causes Flight Delay in Pittsburgh

A swarm of 10,000 bees decided the wing of a Delta Airlines aircraft was a nice place to make a stop last week.  The ground crew saw the swarm while preparing the plane for departure for a flight from Pittsburgh to New York’s LaGuardia International Airport.  Honey bees are a protected species, and once the swarm was spotted, the master beekeeper in the region, Stephen Repasky, was called in.  Repasky said that if the plane had taken off the entire colony would have been killed.

 

The flight was delayed for 40 minutes while the situation was dealt with and the airport has taken great steps to ensure their workers are educated on what to do should they spot a swarm of bees on airport property.  While it isn’t generally a common event, this past year the Pittsburgh airport has seen four such incidents, the last one in May involving 25,000 to 30,000 bees on the runway.  Repasky says the airport has done a great job of ensuring bees are safe.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

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