The G20 summit took place in New Delhi this past weekend and leaders and their delegations took off after its conclusion. Well, one leader was unable to take off and has a mechanical delay that forced him to stay another night away – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canadian Prime Minister’s Broke Plane Forces Overnight Delay in India
It was during the preflight check that a problem was discovered on the Airbus CC-150 Polaris, a plane that is 36 years old. According to news reports, this isn’t the first time the Prime Minister has been delayed overseas due to his aircraft. In October of 2016, the plane had to turn around just 30 minutes after takeoff due to an issue.
In October 2019, the plane “rolled into a wall while being towered into a hangar” in Trenton, causing structural damage. The backup plane for that plane was grounded in London later that year due to an engine issue.
The Royal Canadian Air Force has purchases new (and used) aircraft for the fleet. Two of those are Airbus A-330s that were purchased from Kuwait Airways.
But, for now, another CC-150 Polaris was dispatched Sunday night from Canada to pickup the Prime Minister and his delegation.
I imagine it must be greatly frustrating for a head of state to have to wait for a mechanical delay – I know how much they bother me!
Featured image is from April 9, 2015: a Canadian Armed Forces Airbus CC-150 Polaris, Registration 15005 – at Cologne Bonn Airport