Actually, everything seemed to be ready for departure. Finally, it should go for the nervous development Minister Gerd Müller, who was after a breakdown on a government plane in the African Zambia. However, the CSU politician had bad luck.

After the landing of the machine in Ndola, the third largest city in the country, had been an error in the System, said a spokesman for the air force. Müller had to travel with a civilian airline to return to Germany.

The new, now second error is not, according to initial investigations, in connection with a defective valve which had made a Start of the two-jet Bombardier Global 5000 flight readiness in Malawi, initially, impossible. The Minister and his Delegation had used a scheduled flight to come to Zambia. A planned trip to Namibia had been cancelled.

Muller, defendant icon effect even before the latest mishap

The CSU-politician said, the repeated technical problems with the aircraft of the Federal government, damaged the Reputation of Germany in the world. The breakdown would have an “enormous negative symbolic effect for the high-tech country, Germany,” he said during the visit to Zambia. The Ministry of defence had argued that the failure times of the machines were statistically low.

phew. This is now really embarrassing. #Government plane //t.co/CpsyHojYci

— Judith Görs (@JudithGoers) 11. January 2019

Until the end of November it had taken Angela Merkel. The Chancellor had arrived due to a technical defect in her government plane, only with a massive delay at the G20 summit in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Merkel had to your arrival for a break in the flight from Madrid was, ultimately, a Line in Argentina.

editorial note: In a first Version of this message, the speech of a Replacement aircraft, the Gerd Müller was supposed to pick up from Zambia. This was not correct. At the same government machine Defects occurred two Times. We have corrected the corresponding Points, and apologize for the error.

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