A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 lands on the north runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo by John Schreiber.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 lands on the north runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo by John Schreiber.

An airplane carrying the Oregon State men’s basketball team following their 68-55 loss to USC was forced to return to its gate at LAX after a woman on board was stung by a scorpion.

The woman, who was sitting two rows in front of Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle, was stung before the Alaska Airlines flight took off Saturday, according to broadcast reports.

Flight 567 had flown to LAX from Mexico, where scorpions are commonly found, and was approaching the runway when the woman’s injury became known. She was taken by ambulance for a medical examination.

— City News Service

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