PTC Web Desk: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's official aircraft faced technical issues for the second time, necessitating a standby plane during his trip abroad. This incident occurred during his return from a family vacation in Jamaica, prompting a technician to fix the original aircraft, allowing Trudeau to return to Ottawa.
According to CBC News, the Department of National Defence dispatched a second plane to Jamaica after the initial aircraft transporting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became inoperable. Both planes were CC-144 Challengers operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force. The second aircraft served as backup and carried a maintenance team to repair the first plane.
The issue with the original aircraft arose on January 2, prompting a maintenance crew's swift dispatch to Jamaica, successfully restoring the plane's serviceability.
Reports initially suggested Trudeau was covering the trip's cost, but the PMO clarified it was covered "at no cost" courtesy of family friends.
Earlier also, his aircraft encountered malfunction in September last, which delayed Trudeau's departure from New Delhi during the G20 summit. The situation was resolved after a technician with a replacement part arrived in Delhi.
Trudeau's current aircraft, in use for the Jamaica trip, is 36 years old and has encountered problems previously. Despite this, the planes involved in this recent incident were newer models acquired in 2020.