TUI 738 at Manchester on May 17th 2019, to bee or not to bee

Last Update: May 20, 2019 / 23:01:24 GMT/Zulu time

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May 17, 2019


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A TUI Airways Boeing 737-800, registration G-TAWK performing flight BY-2536 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Funchal (Portugal), was climbing out of Manchester's runway 05L when the crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet due a problem with one of their speed indicators. The aircraft burned off fuel and returned to Manchester for a safe landing on runway 05R about 65 minutes after departure.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 2:20 hours, then departed again and reached Funchal with a delay of 3.5 hours.

Passengers reported a part at the nose cone was replaced, they were subsequently told, a bee had become stuck in that piece of equipment, that measures the speed of the aircraft (editorial note: the dynamic port of one of the pitot systems also known as pitot tube).
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May 17, 2019


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