Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300, registered N806NW, former Northwest Airlines plane landing at Athens International Airport AIA, LGAV / ATH Eleftherios Venizelos.
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A flock of semis landed a White House charter jet airliner late Tuesday, delaying dozens of reporters planning a trip to Europe prior to President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip.
Chartered Delta Air Lines The Airbus 330-300 was scheduled to take off from Washington Dulles International Airport around 9 pm, before the hordes arrived.
According to Delta Air Lines, the flight was delayed because the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), which powers the cabin and other in-flight systems, failed.
“The problem was the presence of periodic cicadas in the APU, which stopped working,” Delta spokeswoman Morgan Durant said in a statement. “Delta’s team has an alternative Airbus A330 aircraft. And dispatched a crew member to Washington Dulles International Airport to start operations. “
Its power unit must be fully functional for transatlantic flight.
According to Delta, the new Delta charter flight departed Dulles for Newquay, Cornwall Airport, England, at around 3:30 EST.
“I’m sorry to charter customers for the rare entomological delays, but it’s still nothing more important than safety,” Durant said.
Magicicada Periodical Cicada, a member of Brood X, a periodical cicada, flocking to plants at Fairland Recreational Park in Bartonville, Maryland, June 1, 2021.
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A flock of CCs charter White House reporters and delay flight to Europe
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