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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176704
Last updated: 16 September 2019
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Date:06-JUN-2015
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8D model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
Owner/operator:Flybe
Registration: G-ECOE
C/n / msn: 4212
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Southampton -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Southampton Airport (SOU)
Destination airport:Dublin Airport (DUB)
Narrative:
A DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 operating Flybe flight BE384 made a precautionary return to Southampton Airport (SOU), England due to airspeed indication anomalies.
The airplane departed Southampton at 14:18 Local Time (13:18 UTC) on a regular flight to Dublin. The aircraft climbed to 7000 feet in a northerly direction until the flight turned back at 14:29 hours local time.
The aircraft safely landed back at Southampton.
Flybe reported: "Upon inspection, Flybe engineers did discover that the cause of the issue was a bee that had become lodged in an item of instrumentation on the outside of the aircraft." The bee had likely become stuck in the pitot tube.

Flightradar24 ADS-B data show some spikes in airspeed data starting at 14:29 but it is unconfirmed if this is related to the bee.

Sources:

https://www.flightradar24.com//data/flights/be384/#671a244
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/13316597.FLY_BEE__Tiny_bumble_bee_forces_airliner_to_make_emergency_landing/


Images:

Photo of G-ECOE courtesy AirHistory.net


Amsterdam - Schiphol (EHAM / AMS)
14 October 2017; (c) Joop de Groot

Revision history:

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07-Jun-2015 13:09 harro Added
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