Blinken briefly stranded in Davos after his plane breaks down

54th WEF annual meeting in Davos

(Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was briefly stranded in Davos on Wednesday after his plane experienced a "critical failure" related to an oxygen leak and another plane is being flown to Switzerland to pick him up, according to a member of his traveling press pool.

The top U.S. diplomat had traveled to Davos for the annual World Economic Forum on Monday and was scheduled to fly back to Washington on Wednesday.

A Bloomberg report said the aircraft was a Boeing plane. Reuters could not immediately confirm what aircraft Blinken was using on this trip.

Blinken had taken a helicopter from Davos to Zurich, where he boarded his plane but was then informed that the plane was not able to fly him back.

Members of the press traveling with him and his aides were told to make arrangements to fly back to Washington commercially.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Berkrot)