WASHINGTON — Journalists set to cowl President Joe Biden’s first journey overseas had been delayed a number of hours Tuesday night time from taking off for Europe — however not due to unhealthy climate or a late pilot.
Their constitution aircraft suffered mechanical issues as a consequence of cicadas.
A alternative aircraft needed to be known as in, and finally the press corps took off from Dulles Worldwide Airport for the UK early Wednesday morning after ready greater than six hours to depart.
NBC Information’ Andrea Mitchell tweeted concerning the ordeal and instructed she’s not a fan of the bugs.
Billions of those massive, noisy bugs have overtaken the Washington, D.C. area and different areas alongside the East Coast after they emerged from underground for the first time in 17 years. They’re members of Brood X — the biggest group of cicadas that reside on 17-year cycles, which incorporates three species.
It’s unclear what number of cicadas had been concerned within the aircraft’s malfunction, however they’ve been flying across the D.C. space for weeks and are being spotted by Doppler radars which can be usually used to trace climate.
President Joe Biden and first girl Jill Biden, in the meantime, are taking off Wednesday morning for the UK on on Air Drive One from Joint Base Andrews. Earlier than he boarded his aircraft, a cicada flew onto Biden’s neck and he swatted it away.
“Be careful for the cicadas,” the president jokingly instructed reporters.
NBC Information overseas correspondent Molly Hunter, based mostly in London, reacted to the delay of the press plane on Twitter, saying: “Excellent news: no cicadas on this aspect!”