Sunday, September 10, 2023

Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s aircraft develops snag; PM to stay in Delhi till alternate travel arrangements made

New Delhi: The over 30-year-old aircraft supposed to fly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation back home on Sunday night developed a snag just before departure. The technical issue was detected by Canadian Armed Forces. Trudeau and his entourage are now staying back in Delhi till either the snag is rectified or alternate travel arrangements are made. A Canadian High Commission official the alternate plan will be informed when confirmed.

“Upon our departure for the airport, we were made aware by the Canadian Armed Forces that CFC001 was experiencing technical issues. These issues are not fixable overnight, our delegation will be staying in India until alternate arrangements are made,” the Canadian Prime Minister’s office told TOI.

An official of the Canadian High Commission in Delhi said the travel plan will be shared once finalised.

The wide body Airbus A310 had flown Trudeau to Delhi from Singapore on September 8 and was to leave for Ottawa via Rome on Sunday when a glitch as detected. Incidentally in the summer of 2018, the aircraft had developed a snag when Trudeau was to leave for Delhi. The flight was delayed that time too. There have been other instances too of this ageing aircraft suffering issues. The Canadian government is in the process of replacing the old VVIP aircraft.

10/09/2023 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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