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Merkel's plane makes emergency stop, tech issues reported

The German Chancellor and her finance minister, plus coiterie of attendant journalists will spend the night in Bonn before flying onto Argentina, where Merkel will attend the G20 summit and is due to have talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

He also said that the back of the Buenos Aires government delegation will take another plane, the air force of Germany.

The report said that the fire brigades were dispatched in the event of a hard landing.

He stressed, however, that there was no danger to the people on board.

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An electronic failure was the problem.

Merkel's delayed arrival has thrown her schedule into disarray, and DPA reported she was to miss the traditional G20 "family photo" of attending heads of state and government.

Issues with the government's A340 jets also caused travel problems for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during several of his diplomatic trips this year.

A back-up government plane was meanwhile being sent to Argentina for Merkel's return flight.

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Merkel, the leader of Europe's biggest economy, reverted to a commercial flight from Madrid and planned to arrive in the Argentine capital on Friday evening.

No details were given about the technical problem.

The plane was diverted to the Cologne/Bonn airport and landed without incident.

The German armed forces, which complains of being overstretched and underfunded, has always been dogged by a series of equipment failures that have also grounded fighter jets and kept submarines and tanks out of service.

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There were few early signs of trouble on board the flight, aside from a frozen video screen that would normally show the plane's path.

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