Aviation

Swarm of flying insects grounds flight in Tasmania

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

Passengers leaving Hobart on board a Qantas plane had their travel plans temporarily delayed after an “insect infestation” grounded their flight.

A flight departing Hobart Airport just after 4pm to Melbourne was grounded when a swarm of insects descended on the runway.

A Hobart Airport spokesperson has said a replacement aircraft with engineers on board was flying to Hobart to inspect the grounded plane and would take stranded passengers on to Melbourne.

Passenger Melissa Sweet said the pilot on board the Qantas flight QF 1016 claimed it was only the second time he had “seen such a thing in 25 years of flying”.

Sweet shared her experiences of the unusual event on Twitter.

A Qantas spokesperson has confirmed the aircraft was given the all-clear after being inspected, with the flight departing “about four hours later”.

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