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Airplanes: the German State fleet is flaking off

Another inconvenience this time blocks the aircraft of Minister Heiko Maas

The series of incidents to the aircraft of the German State fleet does not seem to stop. Last one occurred yesterday to an Airbus A-321 on board of which the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was to travel to Sofia, Bulgaria, which according to the German tabloid "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" took off more than one hour late due to a turbine starting problem. For the minister's institutional travels, this is the third episode in just three months. But to account for are also other events that concerned Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior government officials on official visits, as in the case of Finance Minister Olaf Scholtz and the technical problem at the A-340 "Konrad Adenauer" airplane also of the German Air Force (see AVIONEWS). Or the emergency landing carried out by the Bombardier Global 5000 in last April.

Merkel had missed already in November 2018 the opening of the G20 summit in Argentina after her aircraft had been forced to land safely shortly after taking off from Berlin. In October, however, Scholtz always remained at ground in Indonesia after an International Monetary Fund summit due to a failure in the aircraft's electrical cables caused by some rodents. The Berlin Government is currently struggling with the lack of institutional aircraft due to the series of inconveniences to its State fleet.

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