Bee Swarm Keeps Passenger Flight At The Gate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 24, 2013)--A swarm of bees was keeping a US Airways Express flight at the gate Wednesday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C.

US Airways spokesman Davien Anderson said passengers had boarded Flight 2690 to Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon and the plane was ready for departure, but when the gate agent approached the tug, which pushes the airplane back from the gate, he discovered the bees.

The agent couldn't operate the tug without getting stung.

The CRJ900 jet was scheduled to depart at 1:15 p.m., but didn't take off until late in the afternoon.

Anderson said a beekeeper was summoned to remove the bees.

The passengers remained on the aircraft.

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