Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced a minor setback during his recent visit to the Caribbean, as a plane malfunction prompted the Canadian Armed Forces to send a second plane with a repair team to address the snag.
This is the second such incident in recent memory, following the delay Trudeau faced while leaving India during the G20 summit in September last year. The Prime Minister, who had embarked on a family holiday, found himself facing a similar predicament in Jamaica.
“We can confirm that two Royal Canadian Air Force CC-144 aircraft were in Jamaica to support the transportation of the Prime Minister,” a Canadian Defense Department spokesperson said, quoted by Reuters news agency.
The issue was identified on January 2, CBC News reported. Quick action was taken, with a second plane carrying a maintenance team arriving at the scene the next day to correct the problem with the original plane.
Despite the unexpected disruption, Trudeau was able to stick to his original travel schedule, returning on January 4 without further delay. The two aircraft involved in this incident were identified as a CC-144 Challenger, aircraft acquired relatively recently by the Canadian Armed Forces.
This follows a pattern of mishaps in Trudeau's recent travel history.
Notably, in September, his departure from Delhi was postponed after the G20 summit due to an unspecified mechanical fault. In 2019, in the middle of his re-election campaign, a collision between a bus carrying journalists and a plane chartered by Trudeau's Liberal Party created a chaotic scenario.
Later that same year, he had to switch to a spare plane to attend the NATO summit in London after the original plane was damaged in a hangar accident. Unfortunately, complications arose with the backup plane, forcing Trudeau to choose a third plane for his return flight.
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