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A plane carrying dozens of journalists preparing to take off from Washington to cover President Biden’s first trip abroad was delayed for several hours on Tuesday night.
It is obvious that a swarm of cicadas wanted to move to Europe with the press.
A horde of Brood X cicadas had filled the plane’s engines, causing mechanical problems that delayed takeoff. Eventually, White House aides had to find another plane for reporters to do so abroad, according to Associated Press.
The White House charter, flying from Dulles to Europe before President Biden, has been delayed for hours – due to mechanical problems caused by cicadas
– Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 9, 2021
The sinister creatures that emerge from the earth every 17 years are at the peak of their mating season from the East Coast to the Midwest. During their few weeks above the ground, they caused a lot of trouble for both pets and humans.
In addition to their cacophonous noise, the big-eyed bugs have been blamed for causing pet digestive problems and are responsible for a car crash in Cincinnati this week. An error flew through an open window, hitting the Cincinnati driver in the face, causing them to crash into a service post, according to local police. The driver suffered minor injuries, but collected the car.
In Washington, D.C., swarms of flying insects even appeared as a “blur,” usually reserved for light rain or snow, on weather radars this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
You may have noticed a lot of interference (low reflectance) on our radar lately. The hydrometeor classification algorithm shows that much of it is biological in nature. Our guess? Probably #cicadas. pic.twitter.com/i990mEBJnl
– NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) June 5, 2021
While adult cicadas die after mating in late July, it may be safer to avoid cars and planes.