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Merkel’s plane makes unscheduled landing after technical hitch

Fire engines are seen from the inside of the plane Konrad Adenauer in Cologne, Germany, 29 November 2018Image copyright

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The plane was met on the tarmac in Cologne by emergency vehicles

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will miss the opening of the G20 summit in Argentina after her plane was forced to land shortly after leaving Berlin.

Her office says Mrs Merkel and delegates made a safe, but unscheduled, landing in Cologne after the aircraft developed a technical problem.

The plane turned back while it was over the Netherlands, Germany’s dpa news agency says.

Reports say Mrs Merkel will travel on to Buenos Aires on Friday.

No details were given about the technical problem.

The captain announced to passengers that he had decided to turn back after the “malfunction of several electronic systems”, Reuters news agency reports.

The plane was met on the tarmac by emergency vehicles.

The Airbus A340 government aircraft is named Konrad Adenauer after West Germany’s post-war chancellor.

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Mrs Merkel is expected to fly from Cologne to Buenos Aires on Friday

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The aircraft, Konrad Adenauer, takes the German chancellor on state visits

Source BBC News

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