The Flight Will Bee Delayed

Carpenter Bee

Male Carpenter Bee Landing on a Flower

The joys of long distance traveling by plane sometimes turn into unpleasant delays. The Guardian reports on an aborted airline flight due to an encounter with an insect. Shortly after takeoff, Flybe flight BE384 suffered instrument malfunction and returned to the airport. An inspection on the ground found a bee inside one of the plane’s sensors which caused the sensor to send incorrect information. The bee was removed, the instrument cleaned and the plane cleared to resume its flight after several hours delay. Airplanes commonly collide with insects and sensors and other important exposed features must be designed to prevent insect access.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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