Merkel on her way to G20 after plane trouble

02 December, 2018, 17:23 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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The plane turned back while it was over the Netherlands, Germany's dpa news agency says.

The Airbus A340 aircraft carrying Merkel and her delegation to the Group of 20 summit of industrialised nations encountered difficulties an hour into the 15-hour flight to Buenos Aires.

In this November 29, 2018 photo German chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the government Airbus which was grounded after a technical failure at the airport in Cologne, western Germany, delaying Merkel's arrival at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Merkel's spokeswoman later stressed that there was never any "danger to life and limb" of those aboard.

An electronic failure was the problem.

A senior journalist with the public national television ZDF said Merkel would spend Thursday night in Bonn. Threat to the passengers on Board the plane "Konrad Adenauer" was not, she assured.


The plane, which was operated by the German air force, had a communications systems failure, according to a military spokesman.

Merkel, the leader of Europe's biggest economy, reverted to a commercial flight from Madrid and planned to arrive in the Argentine capital on Friday evening.

It is not the first time the plane has suffered problems, the BBC reported.

Merkel's delayed arrival has thrown her schedule into disarray, and DPA reported she was to miss the traditional G20 "family photo" of attending heads of state and government.

And in 2015, technical problems with the Konrad Adenauer forced Merkel and five ministers to make a flight to India on a A310 military troop transporter. The plane was diverted...

Video from on board shows several fire engines surrounding the Airbus after it landed.

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