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Flying in the Time of Cicadas

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Over the weekend the crew of a Challenger 350 at John C. Tune Airport (KJWN) in Nashville, Tennessee, was having difficulty starting its engines. "We put a borescope down the APU and found it full of cicadas. They blocked the airflow." Cicadas are not terribly selective, and they were apparently attracted to the noise and heat of the APU and piled into the inlet, blocking the airflow. When the technicians evaluated the problem, they were attacked by the swarm. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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ICMI
ICMI 10
Going to need to plug up everything before you put the airplane to bed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
locomoco
M.F. LaBoo 9
Attacked by cicadas! Almost as dire as neing tazed by ligntning bugs.
jmilleratp
jmilleratp 7
"The aircraft was hooked up to an auxiliary power unit (APU)." That makes it sound like it was an external power source. APU's are often found inside the aircraft. Just saying.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
They can actually be External or Internal, but common day the APU is normally onboard the aircraft, but that is not the Golden Rule.
bbabis
bbabis 4
I hit a swarm driving that the window washer couldn’t keep up with. I had to pull over, scrape, and wait. I imagine an aircraft on takeoff or landing could suffer the same fate.
yr2012
matt jensen 1
This is love bug season in central Florida. There isn't enuf washer fluid to get them off cl. Need to use the scraper. Why didn't they just cover the engines?
btweston
btweston 1
Come for the meth, stay for the hordes of insects.
alanlaruetx
Alan LaRue 1
That’s exactly what I was thinking of. We took a trip through East Texas once where I had to stop a number of times to clean the love bugs from the windshield.
WKWallace
Attack Of The Killer Cicadas starring Captain Sully, coming to a theater near you!
mattdiepenbrock
Found them in our air vents as well. Darn things are causing problems.
rmchambers
rmchambers 7
Cicadas don't attack.... I guess you have to make stuff up to get people interested these days.
bbabis
bbabis 3
Obviously, you've never experienced it. They don't bite and it's not anger, but when you're swarmed you can't categorize it as anything else.
btweston
btweston 1
Who said they attacked? Did you make that up?
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Go and Fly into about a 1000 of them... Seeing them where we are at and when they hit your windshield, they explode and do cause vision issues...
kman527
kman527 2
With apologies to Alfred Hitchcock” the next horror movie “The Cicadas Are Coming!”
watkinssusan
well,at least these "critters" are not around all the time..the "swarming and loud "humming" happens only every few years or so,and when they re gone, you have the shells everywhere!
MayraDug
Mayra Dugarte 1
The pilots shoul installed all the covesr in the airplane when they finish flying, why the plug cover was not installed? it's not the cicada, is the pilots fault
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
Rarely is there a cover over the APU Exhaust!

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