German Chancellor’s aircraft hit by transporter van at Dortmund Airport

Merkel Bombardier Global 5000German Air Force plane Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000, which was scheduled to perform a flight to Berlin Tegel with Chancellor Angela Merkel, was hit by a Renault Trafic transporter at Dortmund International Airport. The flight was canceled.

The first investigation details read curiously, as a female employee of the airport was driving a red van on the runway, but when she saw the chancellor’s white jet with the inscription “Federal Republic of Germany”, she jumped out of the vehicle to make a photo with her smartphone. Unfortunately, forgot to apply the handbrake and the var collided with the airplane Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000.

The nose of the jet was damaged. Chancellor Angela Merkel was not on board of the plane, but she was forced to have a long journey turning back to Berlin, due to cancellation of her flight.

Inspection should now determine how bad the jet is damaged.

The investigation for the accident is underway.

Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 has a large cabin, 6,000 nmi / 11,100 km range business jet manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace. The plane is equipped with new Rolls-Royce Pearl engines with lower fuel burn and more range was unveiled in May 2018.