Monday 9 December 2019

Bono survives potential air disaster as door falls off jet mid-flight

Bono at the Web Summit
Bono at the Web Summit Newsdesk and Agencies

U2 frontman Bono and four friends avoided disaster yesterday when a door fell off their private jet mid-air.

The incident is reported to have happened mid-way through a two-hour flight from Dublin to Berlin.

It is believed Bono and his pals were on board the Learjet 60 D-CGEO when the aircraft's tailgate reportedly fell from 8,000 feet in to the Brandenburg countryside

"To our knowledge, there was no danger of crashing," Berlin Schönefeld Airport spokesperson Ralf Kunkel said.

"The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation has begun an investigation into the cause of the incident."

The six-seat Learjet 60 landed safely in Berlin despite the damage to the door where the luggage was put in.

Bono was int he German city to attend a diplomatic function with German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller.

U2 is also due to accept an award at Bambi international music awards, Germany's version of the Emmys.

“He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down,” a source told the Irish Daily Mail.

“About an hour in to the journey they heard a big thud coming from the rear of the plane.

“When they landed they were horrified to learn that the compartment of the aeroplane has completely detached.

“The entire door, along with Bono and his companions’ luggage, had fallen out mid air.

“They don’t know if the door and the contents landed over water or land nut they were extremely lucky.

“They were at an altitude where anything could have happened and they are all feeling very lucky to be alive,” the source added.

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