Maintenance then found a bumble bee had chosen to FlyBee tucked up inside a pitot tube. The demised bumble, (dubbed FlyBee by engineers -groan) was gently teased out of an external Pitot tube intake air speed indicator, the aircraft then departed after a detailed examination reaching Dublin, with a delay of 90 minutes.
Julian Bray writes: Although it is amusing, this latest incident involving controversial Pitot tubes, points to the vulnerability of this piece of basic unprotected external air speed instrumentation. It cannot be beyond the wit of designers to protect a simple tube against all perils. A wrong pitot tube reading, will instantly materially affect flight levels and performance fed into automatic 'fly-by-wire' systems.
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