Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 3°C
PA Wire/Press Association Images A Flybee plane. Sorry, Flybe.
Queen of the skies

Flight to Dublin forced to turn back - because of a bee

It was a Flybe flight. Seriously.

Updated 2.21pm

A FLYBE FLIGHT from Southampton to Dublin was forced to return to the south of England on Friday – after a bee became lodged inside an instrument outside the plane.

The insect got stuck in a device used to measure wind speed, causing the pilot to become concerned about the safety of those on board.

Upon turning the flight around and landing in Southampton, ground engineers discovered the remains of a bee inside the instrument. The insect was removed and the flight took off again, landing safely in Dublin.

Noel Rooney, a passenger on the flight, told RTÉ’s News at One, said those on board had a light-hearted reaction to the incident.

“Some of the people who were complaining about being delayed for their next flight lightened up a bit,” he said.

Even the pilot said he had a bird strike before, but never a bee strike.

Rooney added that sadly the bumblebee didn’t survive the incident.

A spokesperson told the BBC that the bee had become lodged in the plane, and apologised for the inconvenience.

Originally published 8.13am. Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan.

Read: Man phones in bomb threat to delay girlfriend’s plane, gets arrested

Read: Passengers get stuck on runway, so airline orders pizza for everyone

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.