May 25, 2007 / 2:27 PM / 10 years ago

Swarm of bees forces passenger plane to land

<p>Honey bees gather at the entrance of a beehive in a file photo. A passenger plane was forced to land after flying into a swarm of British bees Thursday. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle</p>

LONDON (Reuters) - A passenger plane was forced to land after flying into a swarm of British bees Thursday.

The Palmair Boeing 737, with 90 passengers on board, had to return to Bournemouth Airport in southern England shortly after take-off following an engine surge.

The pilot decided to abort the flight to Faro in Portugal and returned for safety checks. The plane’s engine was thought to have become clogged with bees, the company said Friday.

Huge clouds of bees have been seen around Bournemouth over the past few days, a spokeswoman said.

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