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Merkel’s emergency landing investigated for possible crimes

A routine inspection suggests a technical malfunction of the plane’s air-to-ground communications systems, a German air force spokesman in Berlin said by phone.

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Dec 01, 2018, 09.30 AM IST
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Authorities are investigating possible sabotage of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane after pilots cut short her trip to the G-20 due to an electronics failure.
German authorities are investigating possible sabotage of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane after pilots cut short her trip to the G-20 due to an electronics failure.

The Airbus A340 experienced difficulties southwest of Amsterdam on Thursday, less than an hour into the flight from Berlin. A routine inspection suggests a technical malfunction of the plane’s air-to-ground communications systems, a German air force spokesman in Berlin said by phone. At this point, there's no immediate evidence of a crime, he said.

The pilots dumped fuel, but even so the plane touched down in Cologne with a heavy load for a trans-Atlantic flight. News portal Spiegel Online reported the plane suffered a complete failure of its communication system that left the crew without contact with ground control.
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