Merkel to miss G20 opening after emergency landing in Cologne: spokeswoman

Berlin, Nov 30 (AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel will miss the opening of the G20 summit in Argentina after her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Cologne on Thursday due to a technical problem, her spokeswoman said.
“We will not be proceeding today,” she told AFP.
According to tweets by German journalists on board the Airbus A340, named Konrad Adenauer after Germany’s first post-war chancellor, Merkel will leave for Madrid on Friday and head on a commercial flight for Buenos Aires with a slimmed down delegation.
The Chancellery did not confirm these reports.
A senior journalist with the public national television ZDF said Merkel would spend Thursday night in Bonn.
The plane turned back from the Netherlands and landed in Cologne because it was the only base with a replacement aircraft, the DPA news agency said.