Swarm of large honey bees cause chaos at Thailand airport

A swarm of large honey bees brought on quite the excitement at Khon Kaen Airport in northeast Thailand yesterday, causing delays to 2 flights and stinging six members of floor employees who all required hospitalisation.
As soon as Thai AirAsia flight FD3260 from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport landed on the runway at Khon Kaen Airport yesterday, a colony of big honey bees (Apis dorsata) swarmed the turbofan on the plane’s right-hand exterior.
Luckily, passengers may disembark from the aircraft by way of a detachable jet bridge. However, their baggage couldn’t be unloaded as a outcome of hundreds of bees buzzing about the aircraft’s underbelly.
Director of Khon Kaen Airport Sommai Chainat ordered workers to spray water at the bees and use an airport crash tender truck to blow air into the aircraft’s exhaust pipe in an attempt to drive the swarm out of the plane.
The tactic labored and the large honey bees left Thai AirAsia’s plane and disappeared, allowing flight FD3261 back to Don Mueang to depart – 30 minutes later than scheduled.
But when Thai Smile Airways flight WE044 from Suvarnabhumi Airport landed on Khon Kaen Airport’s runway, the swarm returned. As the plane taxiied into Parking Bay 2, half the bees congregated beneath the jet bridge whereas the opposite half swarmed the aircraft’s right-hand turbofan, again.
Again, passengers might disembark from the aircraft by way of the jet bridge however their luggage couldn’t be unloaded. The ground workers used the identical ways to drive out the bees, delaying flight WE045 again to Suvarnabhumi Airport by 40 minutes. The bees calmed down after that and didn’t disturb any extra flights yesterday afternoon.
This is the primary time such an event has happened at Khon Kaen Airport. Painless migrate seasonally, generally travelling up to 200 kilometres. The bees want their “rest stops,” so it’s attainable that the bees had been trying to find someplace to take a break. Or, if an enormous honey bee hive is destroyed or broken throughout a storm, the colony is pressured to evacuate.
Six members of floor staff at Khon Kaen Airport have been stung yesterday and all required hospitalisation. Giant honey bees in Thailand are about 1 – 1.5 centimetres lengthy and even one sting may be dangerous – or even fatal if the victim is allergic to the bee’s venom. Cinch known as Thailand’s large honey bees “the most dangerous stinging insects on earth.”

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