Berlusconi plane makes emergency landing in Italy

The air force jet landed because of a problem with the cockpit windshield.

Rome: An Italian air force jet flying Premier Silvio Berlusconi to Brussels returned to Italy for a precautionary emergency landing on Thursday because of a problem with the cockpit windshield, the leader`s spokesman said.

Italian news agency ANSA reported that the crew noticed a bubble in the windshield on the co-pilot`s side of the cockpit window of the Airbus A319, and that there was some concern the window might crack.

Paolo Bonaiuti said the jet was in the skies over Zurich when the problem was noticed and that the pilots decided to go back to Italy, landing safely at Milan`s Linate airport.

Bonaiuti did not give details about the windshield problem.

The plane had taken off earlier from Rome`s Ciampino airport.

Berlusconi`s spokesman said "every thing is under control" and the Premier and his aides were boarding a different plane to continue their trip to Brussels.

Bureau Report

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