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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Plane Grounded, Vehicle Accidentally Hits Aircraft

Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane was hit by a van of an excited fan who jumped out to take a photo but forgot to put the parking brake on, and the vehicle rolled slowly into the nose of the jet.

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Updated:May 14, 2019, 5:03 PM IST
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Plane Grounded, Vehicle Accidentally Hits Aircraft
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Chancellor Angela Merkel's government plane has been grounded by an excited fan who jumped out of her van to take a photo of it at Dortmund airport but forgot to put the parking brake on, and the vehicle rolled slowly into the nose of the jet.

Germany's Spiegel Online posted a picture Tuesday of the low-speed collision with the Global 5000 jet and reported that the van driver was an employee of the airport.

The German air force confirmed in a tweet that Merkel returned to Berlin by helicopter Monday after her plane was damaged by a vehicle, but didn't provide further details.

The accident is a headache the air force doesn't need, after a string of highly publicized breakdowns of the ageing government fleet causing delays for Merkel and others.

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| Edited by: Abhinav Jakhar
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