Germany checking if malfunction of Chancellor Merkel's plane had 'criminal' cause

02 December, 2018, 17:21 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their bilateral meeting Wednesday

The air force was sending a similar plane from Cologne-Bonn, where the government's fleet is based, to Buenos Aires on Friday to pick up Merkel after the G-20 summit.

"It was a serious malfunction", Merkel told reporters from Bonn, where her delegation was taken to a hotel.

According to the CNBC, the airplane captain told passengers he had made a decision to land after the "malfunction of several electronic systems", but said there had been no security risk.

The Airbus A340 government aircraft carrying Merkel and the German delegation to Buenos Aires was forced to land shortly after taking off from Berlin due to technical problems.

There were few early signs of trouble on board the flight, aside from a frozen video screen that would normally show the plane's path.

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Der Spiegel magazine said the government plane's entire communication system malfunctioned, constituting a serious emergency, with the crew forced to plan the landing using an on-board satellite phone.

According to the German daily Bild, the aircraft experienced problems with its radio equipment, but the pilot said there had been no safety risks.

"The part concerned was an electronic distribution box, which we have changed", Henrich, adding that the Air Force was sending another plane to Argentina on Friday for Merkel's return journey from the G20. Later, they boarded another plane to Madrid. She is due to arrive in time for the summit leaders' dinner on Friday.

In October, it was grounded in Indonesia after rodents gnawed through electrical cables during an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), German news agency dpa reported.

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