BREAKING: Merkel’s Plane Makes Emergency Landing


Berlin: 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 experienced technological difficulties in the air.

Shortly after departing from Berlin, 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 is 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.

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.