“In order to be able to land safely in Abu Dhabi again, we had to dump fuel,” explained the Air Force, “otherwise the machine would have been too heavy for the landing.” The more modern A350 government aircraft were not available for Baerbock’s trip due to other orders, the Air Force said. The error was also “not reproducible on the ground,” said a spokeswoman for the Air Force. The Air Force is now working hard on a solution.

Baerbock left for a week-long trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji on Sunday. There were also technical problems with the government machine during the Foreign Minister’s trip to the Gulf in May. At that time, Baerbock had to extend her stay in the Emirate of Qatar by one day because the Air Force Airbus was unable to return as planned due to a flat tire.