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John Kerry's Air Force 757 Breaks Down, He Has to Fly Commercial

By    |   Friday, 15 Aug 2014 08:18 PM

After his U.S. Air Force 757 broke down Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State had to take a commercial flight back to Washington from Hawaii following a nine-day trip around the world.

Kerry was returning to D.C. after visiting Afghanistan, Myanmar, Australia, and the Solomon Islands when his plane had technical difficulties at Hawaii's Hickman Air Force Base, Reuters reported.

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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 state.

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.

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 Department figures.

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After his U.S. Air Force 757 broke down Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State had to take a commercial flight back to Washington from Hawaii following a nine-day trip around the world.
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