Delayed by plane troubles, Canada’s PM Trudeau finally heading home from India

Delayed by plane troubles, Canada's PM Trudeau finally heading home from India
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and son Xavier depart New Delhi, India on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. Trudeau's departure was delayed several days due to a technical issue with his military aircraft.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally left India on Tuesday after technical issues with a government aircraft delayed his departure by two days.

Trudeau and the Canadian delegation that attended the G20 leaders’ summit in New Delhi was set to depart for Ottawa on Sunday, but the plane was grounded over an issue discovered during pre-flight checks.

The CC-150 Polaris plane, part of a fleet that was commissioned in the early 1990s, has been plagued with problems in recent years and is set to be replaced later this fall.

After the issue was discovered, the Royal Canadian Air Force sent a technician to India with replacement parts.

It also sent a backup plane in case it was needed, but the technician was able to fix the issue on the original plane.

The plane is now expected to land in Ottawa late Tuesday night.

The prime minister does not fly on commercial flights for security reasons.

The Liberal caucus is holding a three-day retreat in London, Ont., with smaller groups of MPs beginning to meet later Tuesday.

The wider national caucus is scheduled to meet beginning Wednesday and Trudeau is expected to attend.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 12, 2023.

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