German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s journey to Buenos Aires for this weekend’s G20 summit was interrupted on Thursday after the government’s “Konrad Adenauer” Airbus airplane experienced “electronic problems” mid-flight, German media reports.
According to DW, shortly after departing from Berlin on Thursday evening, the plane circled over the Netherlands and landed at the Cologne/Bonn airport in western Germany, which is also home base for the German government’s aircraft.
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Merkel, who was also traveling with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and a pool of journalists, hoped to switch into a replacement plane at the airport, but it is unclear how the travel interruption will affect the chancellor’s attendance at the G20 summit which is due to start tomorrow.
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The pilot informed the chancellor and other passengers that a technical defect had caused several electronic systems on the Airbus A340-300 to fail, reported news agency DPA.
This is a national embarrassment. Germany has more than enough money, you’d think they could spend some of it to buy planes that actually flyhttps://t.co/j3hhChzKWH
— Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) November 29, 2018
This is not the first time Germany has had problems with “made in Europe” airplanes: Issues with the government’s A340 jets also caused travel problems for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during several of his diplomatic trips this year.