Trudeau’s plane breaks down in Jamaica

The plane that flew Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Jamaica for a family vacation broke down last week, prompting the Canadian military to send a second aircraft with a repair crew to the island.

Justin Trudeau

Trudeau left for Jamaica on December 26 last for a vacation with his immediate family, including Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. He was scheduled to return on January 4 last.

Defence Department spokeswoman Andrée-Anne Poulin says a maintenance issue on the Royal Canadian Air Force CC-144 Challenger was discovered on January 2 last.

The Canadian Armed Forces sent a second aircraft and maintenance team to Jamaica, which fixed the issue in time for the prime minister’s return to Canada.

The prime minister does not fly on commercial flights for security reasons.

This was the second time in a matter of months that plane problems grounded Trudeau in another country. Technical issues with the CC-150 Polaris plane left him stranded in India for two days last September.