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Trudeau's plane damaged, now backup plane grounded in London, U.K.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a closing press conference following the NATO Summit in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:28PM EST
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's bad luck with planes continues.
He was forced to use a back-up aircraft Monday to ferry him to London for a NATO summit because the usual prime ministerial jet was damaged in a hangar accident last month.
But after he got to London, the Royal Canadian Air Force discovered a problem with one of the engines on the backup plane during a post-flight inspection.
The RCAF says that plane, a CC-150 Polaris, is being repaired but is temporarily "unserviceable."
So, the RCAF has commandeered another CC-150 Polaris -- which was in Italy with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, who has been on a European tour of her own -- to take Trudeau, his entourage and accompanying media back to Ottawa.
Another plane will have to be found to bring Payette home in time to read Thursday's speech from the throne to open the new session of Parliament.