It could’ve been a disaster, of La Bamba proportions. Bono and four friends were headed from Dublin to Berlin when the private plane they were travelling in lost its hatch as it was coming in for a landing. Luckily, all is well for everyone on board.
“He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down,” a source close to the singer told the Irish Daily Mail. “About an hour into the journey they heard a big thud coming from the rear of the plane. They were startled for a bit but they continued on and made the descent into Berlin airport. When they landed they were horrified to learn that the compartment at the rear of the plane had completely detached.”
The insider added: “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 but they were extremely lucky. They were at an altitude where anything could have happened and they are all feeling very lucky to be alive.”
Airport spokesman Ralf Kunkel told news agency dpa that the 32-by-40-inch rear hatch landed in the vicinity of Schoenefeld airport, on Berlin’s southeastern edge. He added that it is unclear how the hatch came off but authorities were investigating.
The Daily Mail reported that there was no loss of cabin pressure and the passengers didn’t need to put on oxygen masks as the door was outside the pressurized area. Kunkel said that the six-seat Learjet 60, which landed safely, was never in danger of crashing.
But all of Bono’s luggage toppled out of the plane in mid-air — which means some lucky duck in Germany is going to be wearing some pretty fancy sunglasses. Pfft. Who said flying commercial is a bad thing?