ZimLive reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s private jet cancelled take-off from Lyon on Thursday night after the pilots reported a technical problem with the plane.
The luxuriously-fitted Boeing 737-700 owned by Royal Jet of the United Arab Emirates had to be replaced by another plane from Abu Dhabi according to the publication. ZimLive was told:
The president and his delegation were forced to disembark. Another plane was sent from Abu Dhabi to pick them up the following day (October 11) and they arrived in Harare early on Saturday.
President Mnangagwa had been attending the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon and was about to return home when the plane developed the fault.
He had left Harare on the luxury jet, registration A6-RJX, on October 8 en route to Uganda where he was to attend a function at the invitation of his counterpart, Yoweri Museveni. Therefrom, Mnangagwa travelled to Lyon on October 10 for a global health conference.