At end of round-the-world trip, Kerry's
plane breaks down in Hawaii
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[August 15, 2014]
HONOLULU (Reuters) - The
globe-trotting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to catch a
commercial flight on Thursday after his U.S. Air Force plane encountered
technical difficulties before takeoff from Hawaii at the end of a
nine-day round-the-world trip.
Kerry was returning to Washington after visiting Afghanistan,
Myanmar, Australia and the Solomon Islands when his plane broke down
at Hawaii's Hickman Air Force Base.
He had stopped for a day in Hawaii where he delivered a speech on
increased U.S. interests in Asia and the Pacific region.
"Finally some frequent flyer miles!" Kerry said on hearing the news
that he would have to catch a commercial flight along with his staff
and a traveling press corps.
Kerry has often expressed frustration with his aging plane, which
has previously run into technical problems during his global travels
that has made him one of the most traveled U.S. secretaries of
While waiting for his flight, Kerry received a briefing from U.S.
Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command,
and spoke with several administration and foreign officials,
according to a spokesman.
Since assuming office in Feb. 1, 2013, Kerry has juggled priorities
amid a virtually non-stop travel schedule that has left many around
him often exasperated and exhausted.
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He has already overtaken his predecessor Hillary Clinton in his
first year as America's top diplomat, clocking up 519,136 miles
(835,468 km) to 51 countries in 239 days, according to State
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton)
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