A plane full of journalists traveling to cover Joe Biden’s trip to Europe was delayed for several hours overnight after cicadas invaded the exterior of the plane.
The plane was scheduled to leave late Tuesday, but officials at Dulles International Airport had to find another plane after the cicadas swarmed the original, CNN reported.
The cicadas “invaded the engine and caused mechanical issues.”
“The White House press charter, flying from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, has been delayed for hours — due to mechanical issues caused by cicadas. Yes. Cicadas,” Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire wrote on Twitter.
Just before 4 a.m., he wrote: “And after a delay of nearly 7 hours, we’re finally wheels up to the UK and the G7. Stupid cicadas.”