German leader Merkel on her way to G20 after plane problem

Літак Меркель здійснив екстрену посадку по дорозі на саміт G20 – ЗМ

A plane carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina was forced to make an unscheduled landing Thursday night in western Germany.

He also said that the back of the Buenos Aires government delegation will take another plane, the air force of Germany.

The captain announced to passengers that he had chose to turn back after the "malfunction of several electronic systems", Reuters news agency reports.

The plane had suffered a complete breakdown of the on-board communication system, a problem described as extremely rare, which forced the pilot to communicate via a satellite phone instead.

Reports say Mrs Merkel will travel on to Buenos Aires on Friday. Last year, Merkel was delayed on a trip to Egypt because a windshield heater malfunctioned.

"I'm glad we had the most experienced captain of the German Air Force in command", she said.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen was informed about the incident immediately, and tried for hours to organise an alternate aircraft to carry Merkel and her entourage.

German military blog reported that the avionics were transmitting a 7600 transponder code, which indicates radio failure.

Later, the delegation travelled by bus to a hotel in Bonn.

In Argentina on Friday, Merkel had been scheduled to meet Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and their Argentine host, President Mauricio Macri.

When he held other bilateral meetings will be to recognize just on the spot.

Interestingly, this is not the first time the same Airbus 340, named after German statesman Konrad Adenauer, experiences failures that force VIP to change their original plans: Scholz was reportely grounded olast month after an International Monetary Fund meeting in Indonesia. They said the issue involved damage caused by rodents.



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