Cicadas don’t care about deadlines.
A press aircraft carrying a workforce of journalists to the UK for President Biden’s inaugural abroad journey was delayed seven hours after a swarm of cicadas led to a mechanical failure.
The chartered aircraft was set to take off round 9 p.m. Tuesday however didn’t go away Washington, DC, till after 4 a.m. Wednesday when the plane was swapped out.
The Washington, DC, space is one in every of many locales throughout the nation grappling with an onslaught of Brood X cicadas — the noisy bugs that emerge each 17 years to dive-bomb automobiles and pedestrians and trigger different miscellaneous havoc, like peeing on folks.
The bugs have been blamed for a Cincinnati automotive crash Monday after one flew in a driver’s window and torpedoed a person’s face, briefly beautiful him.
Biden commented on the cicadas simply earlier than he took off to the UK after he swatted one from the again of his neck.
“Be careful for the cicadas,” Biden instructed reporters after arriving at Joint Base Andrews.
“I simply bought one. It simply bought me.”
It’s not clear how precisely the cicadas impacted the press aircraft, which is paid for by journalists however organized with the help of the White Home.
Climate and crew points have been additionally elements within the delay.
With Publish wires