G20-bound Merkel's plane makes emergency landing in Cologne

G20-bound Merkel's plane makes emergency landing in Cologne

However, "we will not be proceeding today", Merkel's spokeswoman said, meaning that the chancellor would miss the Friday opening of the summit.

In October, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz had to take a commercial flight home from a summit in Bali, Indonesia after rats had chewed through cables of the Konrad Adenauer, disabling the aircraft for days.

The plane, which was operated by the German air force, had a communications systems failure, according to a military spokesman. Later, Merkel would say she thought something bad had happened in Germany. "It's urgent", the crew member replied. The plane has a technical defect.

The captain announced the plane's electronic systems had failed, rendering it unable to cross the Atlantic.

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According to the CNBC, the airplane captain told passengers he had chose to land after the "malfunction of several electronic systems", but said there had been no security risk. Fire trucks were on standby but weren't needed.

Merkel, who had planned bilateral meetings with the presidents of the United States, China, Russia and India, was unlikely to arrive in Buenos Aires until Friday evening, German government sources said. Leaving shortly after midnight, she told reporters there had been a "serious problem". "Luckily, we had an excellent crew and the most experienced pilot of the special air mission wing".

It's not the first time for German officials were left stranded. Back then, the issue involved damage caused by rodents, German media outlets reported.

In a freaky incident involving Merkel's official plane in 2013, a 24-year-old intruder high on drugs and wearing just underpants managed to get aboard the parked jet in Cologne and stage what media termed "a one-man party" before he was arrested.

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