Merkel set for late G20 arrival after ‘serious’ plane troubles

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The delay clouded plans for her meeting with President Donald Trump at the summit, though German government spokeswoman Martina Fietz said the chancellor will try to reschedule all of her bilateral talks.

Video from on board shows several fire engines surrounding the Airbus after it landed.

"Why now?", Merkel asked. "Now we have one more minor problem".

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

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In a weird 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.

Angela Merkel is now travelling to the G20 summit aboard Iberia flight 6849, an Airbus A330 on a scheduled commercial flight from Madrid to Buenos Aires.

The aircraft lost communications for almost an hour, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Germany's Cologne-Bonn airport. She is unlikely to arrive until Friday evening and it was not immediately clear which meetings would have to be rescheduled. Leaving shortly after midnight, she told reporters there had been a "serious problem". Embarassingly for the German government, out of a fleet of 128 aircraft officially on the Luftwaffe's books, those four were at the time the only Eurofighters in Germany capable of flying combat missions due to a lack of spare parts. Merkel is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria and Ukraine, including the recent incident in the Kerch Strait.