Kerry heads home on military plane after breaking his leg

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John Kerry Has a Bike Accident

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Europe for the United States aboard a special military aircraft on Monday after breaking his leg in a cycling accident.

Kerry, 71, broke his right femur on Sunday while cycling a portion of the Tour de France route in the Haute Savoie region. He spent the night in a Geneva hospital under observation while his evacuation was planned.

Kerry had been in Geneva for negotiations on Saturday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and after the accident has had to cancel planned visits to Madrid and Paris.

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In this picture taken on March 16, 2015 US Secretary of State John Kerry rides his bike during a break in Lausanne. According to an official spokesperson, US Secretary of State John Kerry was taken to hospital after having sustained suspected leg injuries during a cycling accident near Scionzier, France on May 31, 2015. He was transported via medical helicopter to the Geneva University Hospital (HUG), where he is currently being evaluated. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31: An helicopter sits atop the roof of the Geneva main hospital (HUG) on May 31, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry was taken by helicopter to Genevas main medical centre (HUG) after he broke his leg in a bike crash in Scionzier, France - near Geneva. The Secretary of State was holding nuclear talks with Iran's foreign minister in Geneva. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
A helicopter takes off from the roof of the Geneva University Hospital (HUG) in Geneva on May 31, 2015 where US Secretary of State John Kerry received treatment after a cycling accident. US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France and will fly back to the United States for treatment, cutting short a European trip. Kerry, 71, a keen cyclist, was hospitalised in the Swiss city of Geneva after the accident across the border in the French Alps, the State Department said. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Geneva University Hospital (HUG)in Geneva on May 31, 2015 while US Secretary of State John Kerry was receiving treatment there after a cycling accident. US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France and will fly back to the United States for treatment, cutting short a European trip. Kerry, 71, a keen cyclist, was hospitalised in the Swiss city of Geneva after the accident across the border in the French Alps, the State Department said. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31: Geneva main hospital (HUG) building is seen on May 31, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry was taken by helicopter to Genevas main medical centre (HUG) after he broke his leg in a bike crash in Scionzier, France - near Geneva. The Secretary of State was holding nuclear talks with Iran's foreign minister in Geneva. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
A cameraman films the Geneva University Hospital (HUG) where US Secretary of State John Kerry receives treatment on late May 31, 2015 in Geneva. Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France on May 31, his spokesman said, adding that he was in 'stable condition' and will return to the United States for treatment. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Geneva University Hospital (HUG)in Geneva on May 31, 2015 while US Secretary of State John Kerry was receiving treatment there after a cycling accident. US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France and will fly back to the United States for treatment, cutting short a European trip. Kerry, 71, a keen cyclist, was hospitalised in the Swiss city of Geneva after the accident across the border in the French Alps, the State Department said. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
The plane of the US secretary of state prepares to take off without John Kerry onboard on May 31, 2015 in Geneva. Kerry, who broke his leg in a cycling accident in France on May 31, will return to the United States for treatment with a medicalized plane. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
The plane of the US secretary of state takes off without John Kerry onboard on May 31, 2015 in Geneva. Kerry, who broke his leg in a cycling accident in France on May 31, will return to the United States for treatment with a medicalized plane. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to attend the inauguration of Nigeria's new President Mohammadu Buhari at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) waves goodbye to reporters after making a brief statment to the news media during a meeting with his cabinet with (L-R) Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Interiro Secretary Sally Jewell, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the White House May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama said that his cabinet would use the meeting to 'run through the tape' and look back on recent successes and where to focus attention over the last 18 months in office. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his airplane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, May 19, 2015. Kerry returns after traveling to Beijing, China, Seoul, South Korea, and Seattle, Washington. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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The C-17 military aircraft, brought from the U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany, departed Geneva's Cointrin airport shortly before 1600 GMT (1200 ET), Reuters witnesses said, bound for Kerry's home city of Boston.

"Headed back to Boston. Look fwd to getting leg set & getting back to @StateDept! Meantime, work goes on. Big thanks for well-wishes," Kerry tweeted minutes after departure.

Earlier, Kerry told French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius he would participate by telephone in a summit on Tuesday in Paris bringing together some two dozen countries to discuss the U.S.-led coalition's strategy against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Kerry also assured Fabius he would return to cycle again in France, French officials said.

The secretary had been due to travel to Spain on Sunday to sign a bilateral defense agreement that would allow the United States to have permanent use of Moron air base near Seville.

The U.S. diplomatic mission in Geneva said Dennis Burke, a doctor from Massachusetts General Hospital, was accompanying Kerry on the flight back to Boston.

Burke, who has previously performed hip surgery on Kerry, flew to Geneva on Monday to evaluate the secretary's femur.

Kerry's spokesman John Kirby said the aircraft would be "staffed by additional military medical personnel in keeping with standard practice."

Kerry was brought to Geneva hospital by helicopter on Sunday morning and had initially been expected to return to the United States that evening but stayed on as a "precaution", officials said.

(additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed in Washington and John Irish in Paris; editing by Gareth Jones)

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