Bono is ‘extremely lucky’ after tailgate of Learjet detaches during mid-flight

Bono was en route from Dublin to Berlin

Bono and four friends are “extremely lucky” to be alive after a rear door of their private Learjet fell off mid-flight Wednesday (Nov 12th) afternoon.

The U2 frontman was on board the Learjet 60 D-CGEO making the two hour afternoon trip from Dublin to Berlin to accept an award at the Bambi International Music awards in Berlin. His U2 bandmates — Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr and The Edge — were due to fly separately later that night.

The trip was going smoothly until the plane reached the German coast, flying at about 8,000 feet, when the tailgate fell off.

A source close to the Irish singer told the UK’s Daily Mail, “He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down. 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 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.”

German aviation authorities are investigating the incident.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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