Biden’s first foreign visit during his tenure, the White House reporters’ special plane was delayed by nearly 7 hours due to cicadas
China News Service, June 10th, a comprehensive report that US President Biden is visiting Europe this week. The plane that accompanied the White House press team was originally scheduled to depart on the evening of the 8th, but was delayed, but the delay was not due to weather or It was the pilot who was late, but because of the mechanical failure caused by the cicada swarm.
p >The picture shows a cicada on the campus of University of Maryland, USA.
According to reports, these cicadas ran into the engine of the plane, forcing White House assistants to urgently replace another plane for the White House press team so that they could go to Europe to report on Biden’s first overseas visit after taking office.
Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lamar said in a tweet late on the 8th: “The White House press corps will fly from Dulles Airport to Europe before President Biden. Mechanical problems. It has been delayed for several hours. Yes, cicadas (to blame).”
After waiting for nearly 7 hours, Lamar confirmed that the reporters had taken another plane from Washington Dulles International Airport takes off for the UK.
A Delta Air Lines spokeswoman also confirmed that the cicadas flooding into the engine prevented the plane from taking off. The flight on the night of the 8th was originally scheduled to take off at 9 pm, but was delayed until at least 2:40 am due to cicada problems.
“From now on, I will remember this endless flight delay-Cicada.” CNN White House senior reporter Phil Mattinley said on social media Twitter.
Recently, hundreds of millions of “17-year cicadas” broke ground and emerged in the eastern United States. The 17-year cicada is a type of periodic cicada, which is unique to North America. It includes three species. The larvae dormant in the soil at the root of the tree for 17 years before breaking out of the soil, so it is also called the “17-year cicada”.
It is still unclear how many cicadas have caused aircraft mechanical failures, but they have been active in the Washington area for the past few weeks and have even been captured by Doppler radar, which is commonly used to track weather.
At the same time, US President Biden and First Lady Jill took Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews to Europe on the morning of the 9th.