The White House press plane was delayed for more than 6 hours by swarms of cicadas

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A cicada nymph seen at the US Capitol on May 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • A plane was due to take White House reporters to the UK for the G7 summit at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
  • It was delayed for at least six hours after cicadas swarmed the plane, reporters on board said.
  • The US East Coast is overrun with cicadas after a huge brood hatched last month.
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A White House press plane was delayed for more than 6 hours on Tuesday night after thousands of cicadas swarmed the aircraft, CNN reported.

The plane, which was due to take off from Washington’s Dulles International Airport at 9 p.m. ET, was laid on to transport US reporters covering the G7 summit, which runs from June 11 to June 13 in Cornwall, UK.

But their flight was delayed after cicadas invaded exterior sections of the plane, CNN reported.

The US East Coast is currently overrun by swarms of cicadas, after huge brood hatched following a 17-year wait last month.

“Another reason to dislike cicadas … Waiting to board replacement aircraft 6 hours later…,” Andrew Mitchell, NBC News’ chief Washington correspondent, tweeted late Tuesday.

Biden is flying to the UK ahead of the G7 summit on Wednesday.