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'More than annoying': German minister cancels Pacific trip after plane mishap

By Kate Brady

15 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

informed Summary

  1. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had to cancel her foreign policy trip to the Pacific region due to two failed attempts to fly from the United Arab Emirates to Australia on a government aircraft. The 23-year-old Airbus A340 aircraft, named the "Konrad Adenauer", experienced a malfunction with the wing flaps.

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was forced Tuesday to call off a foreign policy trip to the Pacific region after two failed attempts to fly from the United Arab Emirates to Australia on a government aircraft.

The canceled visit is just the latest in a string of trips by German officials to be affected by problems with aging government planes. Some experts have ascribed the problems to the policy of buying used aircraft to economize.

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