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Cicada invasion grounds White House press charter flight

The White House press charter plane scheduled to leave Washington on Tuesday evening ahead of Joe Biden’s first trip abroad as president was delayed by cicadas, the noisy insects that have emerged after their nearly two decades of slumber.

The chartered plane was scheduled to depart around 9:00pm ET but a new plane had to be dispatched to Dulles International Airport after airline officials informed White House travel aides that the flying insects somehow managed to find their way inside the plane’s engines and also take over several exterior sections of the aircraft.

The flight left early Wednesday morning, more than six and a half hours behind schedule.




Biden was scheduled to depart for England on Wednesday morning aboard Air Force One, which has better protection from the East Coast cicada invasion.

The loud, cacophonous bugs first emerged from the ground in May on the East Coast as part of Brood X, which comes out every 17 years, according to the National Park Service.

This round of cicadas will be dying off in late June and early July, so we can look forward to the next time they come, in 2038.