who were scheduled to accompany Joe Biden
on his first overseas trip as president
were delayed on their outbound flight to England
on Tuesday night due to cicadas
According to The New York Times
, a swarm of the noisy flying
insects, part of the billions-strong Brood X
that appears across the United States
every 17 years, filled the engines of the White House
press plane as it was landing at Dulles International Airport.
The pilots were forced to return the plane to the airport.
Delta Air Lines
spokesperson told The Washington Post
that the insects were to blame for the delay.
According to CNN
, a different plane will depart early Wednesday morning, when Biden will also depart on Air Force One.
The White House press charter, which was scheduled to fly from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, was delayed for several hours due to mechanical issues caused by cicadasYes, cicadas. — Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 9, 2021
Biden will be out of the country for the next eight days.
In England, he'll attend the G7 summit in St. Ives, Cornwall, before paying a visit to Queen Elizabeth II
at Windsor Castle.
Later in the day, Biden will meet with NATO and European Union
leaders in Brussels, Belgium
, before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
in Geneva, Switzerland.