Plane grounded by swarm of bees

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London (Reuters) - 14.00hrs BST 25th May 2007

A passenger plane was forced to land after flying into a swarm of bees, leaving hundreds of holidaymakers stranded.

The Palmair Boeing 737 had to return to Bournemouth Airport, Dorset, shortly after take-off at 8:10 a.m. on Thursday following an engine surge.

The pilot decided to abort the flight to Faro in Portugal and returned for safety checks.

The plane's engine was thought to have become clogged with bees, which may have caused possible damage to a fan, the company said on Friday.

Huge clouds of bees have been seen around Bournemouth during the past few days, a spokeswoman added.

About 90 passengers were on board, with a further 106 waiting in the Algarve for the return flight.

A replacement plane finally left at 7:15 p.m. -- about 11 hours later.
 
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Cool, normally its birds, but i suppose if you have enough bees...

"Ladies and Gentleman, we have decided to cancel your flight...Beecause terrorist bee´s have caused damage to the engine"
 
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I suppose the plane was a sweet ride after those bees gunked up the engine if they had enough honey in 'em... :-rofl2
 
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was it a BEE A flight ....

sorry, im just leaving :(
 
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2cvbloke said:
I suppose the plane was a sweet ride after those bees gunked up the engine if they had enough honey in 'em... :-rofl2
Yes I was always taught the honey was in the comb which was inside the beehive and the bees carried the pollen but well..... different realities I suppose..... now where's that Kirby:p

RedDevil_UK said:
was it a BEE A flight ....

sorry, im just leaving
I think that was BEA (British European Airways) but I really do not remember I am not old enough
 
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Topper said:
Yes I was always taught the honey was in the comb which was inside the beehive and the bees carried the pollen but well...
Mmmm, sort of.

Bees travel to flowers for pollen (which is protein) and nectar(which is carbohydrate). Both are stored in the comb for consumption later on. The nectar is converted into watery honey by enzymes in the bee's stomach and then excess water is avaporated off in the conb until it is concentrated enough to not allow spoillage if bacteria get in - the honey kills the bacteria by sucking the the water through the bacteria's cell wall by osmosis.

Anyway, when bees swarm half stay at the old colony wth a new queen and the other half fly off to find a new home with the old queen. Before they leave they each take a stomach full of honey with then to give thenselves a head start in their new home wherever that might be.

So, the swarm would have had a fair amount of honey spread throughout its members.
 
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King of the bees!!!!!:-worship

Very useful to know that Paul, did you used to keep them at all or was that schoolboy knowledge gushing forth?.......:-worship:-worship

My grandad used to swear by his cureall of a square inch of honeycomb to be chewed and swallowed daily :eek: wax and all.......I suppose it saved on the liquid paraffin :)
 
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As you nearly guessed my wife and I keep bees - apiculturists we are. Last week seemed to bring out loads of swarms.

There were even two in the school where I work but unfortunately I couldn't grab them. They had found their way into the cavity walls through some holes left by the shoddy work that the council had done putting pipes through and had to be destroyed.
 
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