February 17, 2015 2:40 pm

Alaska Airlines flight delayed after woman stung by scorpion

An Alaska Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) during take-off on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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LOS ANGELES — A scorpion stung a woman on the hand just before her flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.

Flight 567 was taxiing on the runway Saturday night when the passenger was stung, Alaska Airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove said. The plane returned to the gate, and the woman was checked by medics. She refused additional medical treatment, but she didn’t get back on the plane.

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The woman stomped the scorpion to death, and flight attendants checked overhead compartments for any additional unwanted arachnids, Cosgrove said. It’s unclear how the scorpion got on the plane, but the flight originated in Los Cabos, Mexico, where scorpions are common, he said.

The flight then took off at 8:40 p.m., about an hour late.

Members of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team were on the flight, Cosgrove said.

Oregon State Coach Wayne Tinkle told ESPN that the woman was sitting two rows in front of him.

“The woman was a real champ,” Tinkle said. “She acted like it was a mosquito bite. They got it off her, but the needle was stuck.”

Surprisingly, this is not the first time someone has been stung by a scorpion on an Alaska Airlines flight.

On June 17, 2011 a man on a red-eye flight from Seattle to Anchorage was stung while trying to sleep. He told media at the time he felt something on his sleeve and tried to brush it away. When he felt the crawling again he looked down and saw what it was. He was then stung on the elbow.

Jeff Ellis holds a photograph of the scorpion which stung him while he was trying to sleep on a red-eye Alaska Airlines flight on June 17, 2011.

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“Never in a million years, would I have thought a scorpion would have been on an Alaska Airlines flight headed to Alaska,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

-with files from Global News

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