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SOUTHAMPTON, England-- Flybe, a low-cost British airline, confirmed a plane from Southampton, England, to Dublin had to turn back for a technical issue that turned out to be a bee lodged in an instrument.

SOUTHAMPTON, England-- Flybe, a low-cost British airline, confirmed a plane from Southampton, England, to Dublin had to turn back for a technical issue that turned out to be a bee lodged in an instrument.

A spokeswoman for Flybe said the plane turned around shortly after take-off Saturday to address "a suspected technical issue."

The spokeswoman told the BBC the plane landed "without incident" and engineers discovered the cause of the issue.

"Flybe engineers discovered that a bee that had become lodged in an item of instrumentation on the outside of the aircraft," she said.

Noel Rooney, a passenger on the plane, tweeted the incident was "unbeelievable."

"Well, that's not happened to me before. A bumble bee got stuck in the wind instrument thingie on #flyBe. Yep, that FlyBEE," he wrote on Twitter.

Rooney later joked about the incident while boarding his flight for the return journey.

"About to go to airport to board @flybe to Southampton. I've brought a bee in a jar as what would the odds be of two bees in a plane," he tweeted.

-UPI NEWS

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