Both of Hungary’s A-319 military transport planes were supposed to take off on Tuesday from the Liszt Ferenc International airport – one taking Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the other taking President Áder to a Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea Initiative meeting in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.
Orbán’s plane departed on schedule, but the cargo of a catering vehicle hit the door of Áder’s plane on the tarmac, bending it out of shape. Hungary’s ambassador to Bucharest stood in for Áder at the Bucharest meeting of the leaders of the 12 countries taking part in the initiative.
In a separate incident, the online version of Romania’s ProTV reported that Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also missed the arrival to the summit of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker who was supposed to be greeted at Băneasa airport. Juncker’s plane landed before its scheduled arrival and by the time Dăncilă’s convoy got there Juncker was already on his way downtown. The two eventually met at the gala dinner hosted by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.