Cyprus Mail

President’s plane forced to turn back for New York (updated)

President Nicos Anastasiades and other members of the delegation that has been in New York for the UN general assembly returned to New York overnight Saturday after the plane they were travelling in had some technical problems.

The private plane that was carrying the President, his wife and other officials left New York’s JFK airport as planned on Saturday afternoon when three hours into the flight, above the Atlantic, the pilot noticed a crack in his window.

As New York was closer than the UK (where the plane was headed), the pilot decided for safety reasons to return there, landing at about 1.30am Cyprus time.

When asked about what had happened Anastasiades said there had been “no adventure”.

The president and the rest of the delegation returned to their hotel for the night. They are due to return to the island at 4.30am on Monday morning on another plane that is scheduled to leave New York at 7pm local time.

Also on the flight were Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, Government Spokesman and other officials.

Writing on Twitter, Akel MP Irene Charalambidou asked on whose plane the president and his party were travelling.

“We are all glad that the president is OK. But one question, was the private plane chartered by the Cyprus government? And if not, we must be told whose plane it was. Personally I hope it was chartered by the government,” she said.

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