Unreliable Airspeed: Blame it on the Bee
What: SAS Norway Boeing 737-700 en route from Oslo Gardermoen Norway to Malaga Spain
Where: Gardermoen Airport
When: May 30th 2009
Who: 134 passengers
Why: After takeoff, airspeed numbers did not agree. The crew landed back at the airport about half an hour after takeoff. Passengers were flown to their destinations on an alternative Boeing 737-800.
Mechanics found the problem. A bee had flown into one of the plane’s air speed sensors (pitot tube).
George’s Point of View
A good thing that the pilot was able to land the plane and discover the problem.