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Thursday 19 September 2019

Angela Merkel’s plane makes unscheduled landing on way to G20 meeting

Germany’s Chancellor was heading to Argentina but was diverted to Cologne where another plane was being prepared.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Kay Nietfeld/AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Kay Nietfeld/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A plane carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina has been forced to make an unscheduled landing after developing technical problems.

The German news agency dpa reported that the government Airbus, which was en route to Buenos Aires, turned around over the Netherlands about an hour into the flight.

It says the aircraft landed safely in Cologne in western Germany.

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Police officer inspects a rubbish bin in Buenos Aires ahead of the G20 meeting (Sebastian Pani/AP)

It said a replacement German air force plane was being prepared to carry Mrs Merkel and her entourage to the G20 meeting that starts on Friday.

According to German military blog Augengeradeaus.net, the aircraft was transmitting a 7600 transponder code, indicating a radio failure.

The G20 meeting in Buenos Aires comes amid growing economic uncertainty and global displeasure with US President Donald Trump’s trade policy.

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