July 6, 2022

Millions of bees die in Atlanta after Delta Alaska-Pound jet hijacked

  • About 5 million bees heading to Alaska were forced to stop in Atlanta, where most died per APM.
  • Sarah McElrea, who ordered the bees, told carrier Delta that they should sit in the dorm.
  • Delta apologized for the “unfortunate situation.”

Millions of bees heading to Alaska have died after a Delta Air Lines flight was diverted to Dormak, Atlanta, Georgia.

Alaska Public Media (APM) On Wednesday, a Delta flight carrying about 5 million bees to Alaska’s anchorage was forced to return to Atlanta. Most of the bees in Georgia died.

Export of 200 boxes, order of Sarah McElria Sarah’s Alaska Honey On behalf of 300 Alaskan beekeepers, they carried 800 800 worth of bees, valued at $ 48,000.

Boxes that were due to travel from Sacramento, California to Anchorage Airport via Seattle, Washington. But the bees did not match the flight to Seattle and were instead diverted via the Delta Hub in Atlanta.

Delta told McElria last Saturday that the bees would have to wait in the freezer, but they were moved to Dorma the next day for fear the bees would escape. McElrea told the APM that the temperature in Atlanta was 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the day they were left there.

“I was horrified to see them move them out because the pheromones emitted by those bees are attractive to other bees in the area,” he told the APM. Because the bees were outside, it was difficult to rescue those in the boxes.

MacLeoria told ABM that he had joined Facebook with a “Georgia-based page”. He approached Edward Morgan, a beekeeper in Atlanta, Georgia Told the Atlanta radio station WABE He and more than 20 members of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association rushed to the airport to try to save the bees.

Julia Mahoud, Georgia’s beekeeper, told WABE: “It’s devastating to see so many dead people left behind without food.

In an email statement, a Delta spokesman told Insider: “Delta was notified of the shipment situation from Sacramento to Atlanta on DL2390 and quickly deployed appropriate internal committees to assess the situation.

“We have taken immediate action to implement new measures to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future. We have been in direct contact with the customer to apologize for the unfortunate situation.”

McElrea did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment outside of normal working hours.

McElria Said in an interview with the New York Times Alaskans rely heavily on imports for bees to pollinate crops for spring and autumn harvests.

“People do not understand how much we depend on bees as a species for pollination,” MacLeria told the New York Times. “It’s a waste, an absolute tragedy.”