The charter plane organized by the White House for members of the press corps accompanying President Joe Biden to Europe was delayed for nearly seven hours overnight after crickets entered the engine causing mechanical problems.
The plane was supposed to take off at 9 p.m., but didn’t get off the ground until 4 a.m.
The White House press charter, which flies to Europe for President Biden from Dulles, has been postponed for hours due to mechanical problems caused by crickets. Yes. Cicadas, ‘Associated Press’ White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, who is part of the press charter, tweeted at 10:02 p.m.
At 03:56 he tweeted: ‘And after a delay of almost 7 hours we are finally driving to the UK and the G7. Stupid crickets.’
The charter departed from Dulles International Airport, which spans Loudoun and Fairfax County, Virginia, approximately 40 miles from downtown Washington, D.C.
The White House charter to press accompanying Joe Biden to Europe was delayed seven hours as crickets entered the engine. The plane was supposed to take off from Dulles International Airport at 9:00 PM on Tuesday evening, but did not take off until 4:00 AM on Wednesday morning.
Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, who was on the charter, tweeted ‘dumb crickets’ after it finally got off the ground
CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins posted an image as they finally boarded before departing for Biden’s first overseas trip as president
CNN chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins tweeted: ‘No, [Jon Lemire] kidding, the White House press charter for the foreign trip has been delayed several hours due to mechanical issues related to cicadas.”
The Brood X cicadas are the largest incestuous species and only emerge every 17 years.
That particular brood is most commonly found in Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, Indiana, and eastern Tennessee, according to the National Park Service. However, they occur along most of the east coast.
Trillions of the Brood X, which have orange stripes on their bodies and an orange patch between their eyes, emerged this summer. Although they are large and make a very loud noise, they are harmless to humans.
Brood X cicadas are above the ground for only about a month during which they mate, lay eggs and die.
Just when you had an ear full of cicada stories, there’s another: Swarms of creatures are responsible for delaying the White House press plane to Europe for President Biden’s overseas trip. Tonight’s chartered flight is expected to be delayed for hours until a new plane arrives. Yes,” tweeted CNN Chief National Affairs correspondent Jeff Zelenksy.
“There is a 17-year flight delay in the works,” he wrote in another tweet. “The great cicada invasion hits the White House press charter plane.”
Biden and First Lady Jill will travel to Europe from June 11-13 for the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, but make a few other stops along the way.
Air Force One departs from Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning.
The president and first lady will make comments Wednesday evening to US Air Force personnel – and their families – who are stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England.
The journey gets off to a bumpy start for the press after they had to hang out at Dulles airport overnight waiting for the cicada problem with their plane to be resolved.
Brood X appeared in Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana this year, along with Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC
There are 15 major cricket ‘broods’ in different geographic areas, with life cycles of 13 or 17 years. Bread X is the tenth – where the X is the roman numeral for ten.
Brood X cicadas, the largest of all cicada species, emerge from the ground every 17 years in the trillions along the east coast to breed before dying
These insects come out of the ground en masse and in a few years they see trillions of crickets in a season. They are mainly found in the eastern and central parts of the US.
Notably, Kamala Harris also had mechanical issues with Air Force Two as she left on Sunday for her first international trip as vice president.
Her plane had to turn around minutes after takeoff due to an unusual noise with the landing gear, which was attributed to a minor ‘technical problem’.
After about an hour and a half, the vice president was back on the plane and went from the ground to Guatemala.