German Air Force Airbus A340 with chancellor Angela Merkel on board diverts to Cologne/Bonn Airport after technical issues

By BriYYZ from Toronto, Canada – German Air Force Airbus A340-300 16+01, CC BY-SA 2.0,

On 29 November, the German Air Force Airbus A340-313 (reg. 16+01) having chancellor Angela Merkel on board was en route from Berlin to Buenos Aires to attend the G20 meeting. The A340 developed technical problems which led to the malfunction of several electronic systems. The pilots then decided to divert to Cologne/Bonn Airport. A replacement aircraft has been deployed to bring the chancellor and her delegation to Argentina.  

The Airbus A340 is named after German statesman Konrad Adenauer, a former Lufthansa Airbus A340-313 (msn 274) re-configured into a VIP configuration with sleeping rooms and a wide range of safety technologies. The current aircraft is capable of flying 13,500 km (8,400 mi) non-stop, with the capability of transporting 143 passengers.


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