Even Justin Trudeau Gets Travel Woes As Plane Breaks Down in India


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to attend a press conference after the closing session of the G20 summit in New Delhi on September 10, 2023.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plane broke down as he was set to fly out of New Delhi.
  • Trudeau was attending the G20 summit, and was due to return home on Sunday.
  • But a mechanical issue has forced him to stay in India for at least one extra night, officials said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got stuck in New Delhi after his plane broke down at the airport.

Trudeau and his delegation arrived in India on Friday to attend the G20 summit. He was due to fly home on Sunday.

But the delegation was told the plane was “experiencing technical difficulties,” Canadian outlet CTV News reported, citing Canadian officials.

“Upon our departure for the airport, we were made aware by the Canadian Armed Forces that CFC001 was experiencing technical issues,” said a statement from Trudeau’s office, per CTV.

“These issues are not fixable overnight, our delegation will be staying in India until alternative arrangements are made,” the statement added, reported CTV.

According to the outlet, Trudeau flew to India on an Airbus aircraft, which CTV reported ran into technical issues on two other occasions in 2016 and 2019.

Trudeau’s attendance at the G20 summit comes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s criticized Sikh protests being allowed in Canada.

Modi’s office released a statement during the summit admonishing the protests, saying they were “promoting secessionism and inciting violence against Indian diplomats, damaging diplomatic premises and threatening the Indian community in Canada.”

Trudeau’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside regular business hours.

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