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Chile's Bachelet official plane forced to land

Written by: Staff
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SANTIAGO, Chile, Apr 10 (Reuters) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's presidential airplane was forced to return to Santiago following takeoff today after a cabin window broke.

''The plane suffered a broken cabin window five or 10 minutes after having taken off and had to return to the airport in Pudahuel (Santiago) and is at this moment stopping,'' a reporter on the plane told Cooperativa Radio.

Bachelet, who was sworn in as Chile's first woman president in March, was headed to Paraguay and Brazil for her second trip abroad. Her first foreign trip was to Argentina.

The flight was turned around at about 0900 (1300 GMT).

According to the radio report, Bachelet was to resume the trip in a few hours, once the cabin window is replaced.

REUTERS SRS HS2135

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