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Canadian PM’s aircraft breaks down again during Jamaica trip, requires 2nd aircraft

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a speech at the GLOBE Forum 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada March 29, 2022. (File photo)

The Canadian armed forces sent a second aircraft to Jamaica’s airspace as the first military aircraft became “unserviceable” during the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family trip to the Caribbean island.

“We can confirm two Royal Canadian Air Force CC-144 Challengers were in Jamaica supporting transport for the prime minister,” Canada’s defense ministry spokesperson Andrée-Anne Poulin said on Friday.

“The first aircraft that transported the prime minister’s party became unserviceable after arrival,” she said, according to CBC News. “The second aircraft brought a maintenance team to repair the first aircraft, and remained in the area as a backup for the prime minister’s departure, if necessary.”

An inspection uncovered the maintenance issue on Tuesday, before Trudeau’s departure date, the spokesperson added. A maintenance team and aircraft were sent to the island to restore the craft to service the next day.

Trudeau was able to return on the original plane, the spokesperson said.

The development makes it the second time in less than four months that a plane transporting Trudeau has faced a glitch.

In September, Trudeau’s departure from India after a G20 summit was delayed for two days after pre-fight checks revealed that a part of the plane needed to be replaced.

Trudeau travels on military planes for security reasons.

The Prime minister traveled to Jamaica on December 26th for a family vacation.

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