Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is concerned about flying in his presidential jet because of what he claims is a “serious fault” following five months of maintenance work by Airbus. He’s ordered his own technicians to carry out an inspection.
Airbus was not immediately available for comment.
Maduro last week was briefly denied access to U.S. airspace on his way to China, which he described as an example of “U.S. aggression” against his socialist government.
U.S. authorities, who later approved his travel plan, said he had not been traveling in a state aircraft, which was required for diplomatic clearance. Maduro went in a Cuban plane.
Since winning an April election to replace late Socialist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro has alleged several assassination plots against him.