Air India Airbus A319 was forced to delay its departure from Kolkata (CCU, VECC) after a swarm of bees had settled outside the captain’s window on Sunday morning.
The Calcutta-Agartala flight #AI743, with 136 passengers, was scheduled to take off at 9.40am, but was delayed due to technical snag and with the bees settled on the window.
Flight #AI743 to Agartala eventually took off 3 h behind schedule after fire tenders dispersed the swarm by spraying water.
“There was a technical problem due to which the take off was delayed. Then the aircraft was stalled by bees. The fire services department was called and finally the aircraft could take off at 12.40pm,” said an Air India spokesperson.
Airport sources said the flight had taxied to the runway twice and returned because of the snag.