Merkel to miss G20 start after plane suffers ‘serious malfunction’

Merkel set for late G20 arrival after ‘serious’ plane malfunction       	         		Posted

Merkel is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria and Ukraine, including the recent incident in the Kerch Strait.

It was met on the tarmac by fire engines, DPA said, adding that the captain told the passengers the plane would have to turn back as a technical problem was disrupting several electrical systems.

Germany's air force said Friday a serious technical problem on Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane had forced an emergency landing and delayed her arrival at the G20 summit by more than 12 hours.

Der Spiegel magazine reported that the entire communication system malfunctioned, constituting a serious emergency, saying the crew were 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.

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Merkel will now travel to the G20 with a vastly slimmed-down delegation. Later, they boarded another plane to Madrid.

A picture shows the flight path of Airbus A340 government aircraft carrying Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German delegation to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

The talks with Merkel was not the only cancelled meeting, as earlier the USA administration cancelled a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

It was not immediately clear when a new aircraft would arrive to continue the 15-hour flight to Argentina.

The German air force on Friday ruled out sabotage, with a spokesman telling national news agency DPA that "there is absolutely no indication of a criminal act". Back then, the issue involved damage caused by rodents, German media outlets reported.

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