Bees delay US Airways Express flight to Indy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A swarm of bees was keeping a US Airways Express flight at the gate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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

The agent couldn't operate the tug in fear of being stung.

"We were sitting on the plane and looking out the window and there was just a million bugs, I don't know how to describe it," passenger Michael Dolan said.

The CRJ900 jet was scheduled to depart at 1:15 p.m., but ended up leaving three hours later.

Anderson said a beekeeper was summoned to remove the bees. The passengers remained on the aircraft in case of any allergies.

None of the bees got inside the cabin and no injuries were reported.

The flight landed safely in Indianapolis just before 6 p.m.

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