Cicadas ground Biden press plane

Source: The Hill | June 9, 2021 | Joseph Choi

The White House press plane traveling from Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., to Europe was grounded late Tuesday and delayed for several hours due to swarming cicadas.

The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 9 p.m., but was delayed until 2:15 a.m., The New York Times reports. The famously annoying insects, which come out once every 17 years, had apparently filled the airplane’s engine, forcing White House aides to look for an alternative method of transporting reporters to Europe to cover President Biden’s first overseas trip.

News of the event was first shared by Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire.

“The White House press charter, flying from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, has been delayed for hours – due to mechanical issues caused by cicadas Yes. Cicadas,” Lemire wrote at around 10 p.m. Hours later, Lemire confirmed that a new plane had been secured and the journalists had departed for Europe, “after a delay of nearly 7 hours.”

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    My cousin lives in the Virginia suburbs of DC. She sent photos — there were what looked like millions of these cicadas just in her front yard. But where I live, I haven’t seen any — yet.

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