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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cheney's Plane Fixed During Singapore Stop

SINGAPORE -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who visited Asia-Pacific allies Japan and Australia last week, left Singapore on Sunday afternoon after his plane underwent minor repairs and refueled.

"This was the pre-planned, scheduled fuel stop," Cheney's spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said. "We were not diverted," she added, following a comment by Australian Prime Minister John Howard that Cheney's plane had been diverted to Singapore with a problem.

McBride said there had been an issue with the electricity on the plane. Because of that, "a call was placed back to Sydney with the status," she said, adding that the electrical problem did not cut off Cheney's ability to communicate with the rest of the world.

The plane, which left Sydney's international airport Sunday morning, arrived at Singapore's Paya Lebar air base a few hours later, and took off again after nearly two hours.

Cheney did not get off the plane in Singapore.

"The small mechanical problem has been fixed," a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Singapore said.

The problem had posed no safety issues and the aircraft was fine, the White House said.

Cheney had been visiting Australia as part of a trip to thank Washington's Iraq war allies Japan and Australia.

Cheney arrived in Sydney late Thursday. Anti-war protesters who accuse him of being one of the main architects of the Iraq war scuffled briefly with police on Thursday and Friday.