A German government plane crash-landed in Berlin on Tuesday, blocking the runway and causing airport delays as a growing list of technical faults plagues the official fleet.
The Luftwaffes Global 5000 jet reportedly experienced technical issues shortly after take off on Tuesday and had a traumatic landing at Berlins Schoenefeld airport. While no politicians were aboard, the crew was sent to hospital for unspecified injuries.
A spokesman for the German Air Force told AFP that the plane experienced a malfunction and after it turned back “the jet touched the ground with both wings and a controlled landing was no longer possible.”
The incident is the latest embarrassing aviation incident for the German government which has seen its planes grounded six times in four months.
Merkels delayed arrival
Last November, Merkel missed the opening ceremony of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, when the Konrad Adenauer Airbus A340, flying her from Berlin, experienced electrical problems and was forced to divert to Cologne. The chancellor instead flew to the summit the following day on a commercial flight.
The Konrad Adenauer was given an overhaul following the embarrassing incident but on its first fresh outing at the beginning of this month, it blew a tire while landing in New York with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on board. It meant Mass missed several appointments with the UN.
And that wasnt it for the ministers aviation woes as just weeks later Mass was left stranded in Mali due to a hydraulic problem with an Airbus A319s landing gear.
A trio of tired travelers
In January, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was stuck in Ethiopia thanks to more plane issues – something that he has experienced an unbelievable three times in three months.