bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, April 24, 2006

Bees alleged to have forced down plane in Kazakhstan

Quite possibly be the best bee story of the year:

A flight from Sydney to London was forced to land in Kazakhstan following an alarm supposedly triggered by bees onboard. The British Airways Boeing 747 flight couldn't take off again immediately because it was too heavy for the runway in Uralsk, a city of 210,000 people in north-western Kazakhstan.

The airport had no exit stairs that could reach the doors of the jet, so passengers had to disembark by clambering on to a tall airport vehicle. They were then taken to their destination in three separate planes. The jet left 20 hours later.

Although bees were blamed for triggering the alarm, a spokesperson said that they were found still in their original packaging. (Did they count them?)

Kaliula Karagoishin, a spokesman for the regional governor, Nurgali Asimov, said "We don't get such big birds landing every day".


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