Don't Be Late for NATO! Aussie Prime Minister's Plane Breaks Down
We have all been there. Traveling on our way to a very important meeting or even a well deserved holiday, and we can't even get off the ground due to a mechanical issue. It is so frustrating, yet just something we have to deal with. And, hey! It even happen to dignitaries! Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard found herself in the very same situation this last weekend.
The PM was planning to leave from Townsville, in the northern part of the continent, on her way to the NATO summit in Chicago, but her plane had engine trouble and their departure time was pushed back as a replacement Boeing 737 business jet was sent from the capital, Canberra. In the end it only delayed her four hours, but made international headlines.
It seems that Gillard may have missed the bulk of protests, but still landed in time for talks with President Obama and other foreign leaders. It's a good thing no meetings had to be cancelled since her trip is a short one, and she is supposed to fly back down under by Wednesday. Let's just hope for no diplomat delays out of O'Hare.
We wonder if Prime Minsters can claim compensation for delayed flights too.