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Earlier today 54-year-old Bono, U2 frontman, accompanied by four friends experienced a near catastrophic failure while on a flight to Berlin. As part of the trip, the band was going to perform at the Bambi International Music Awards ceremony but to also meet with Gerd Mueller, the economic minister of Germany.
It was reported that during the two-hour flight, the six-seat Learjet 60 that Bono and others were flying in lost its rear door while at 8,000 feet above the countryside of Brandenburg Germany. The flight, which originated in Dublin Ireland, was flying at cruising altitude when unexpectedly, the rear door fell off.
According to the Irish Daily Mail, approximately one hour into the flight, everyone onboard hear a loud noise from the back portion of the plane, which was the rear door, also referred to as the tailgate, becoming detached from the body of the plane.
While everyone was startled by the noise, the captain continued flying to Berlin. Only after the plane landed was everyone horrified to find the rear compartment door completely detached. In truth, this could have been a major disaster, leading to the plane crashing. This information was later confirmed by German authorities and at this time, the incident is being investigated by local law enforcement.
Although no formal statement has been released by Bono or a band spokesperson, as imagined, something this serious would have certainly unnerved everyone onboard the flight. However, Ralf Kunkel with the Berlin Schonefeld Airport did make an official comment by saying the incident is currently being investigated by the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries although Bono did lose his luggage as the result of the door detaching. It was also reported that the only member of U2 on the dangerous flight was Bono since the remaining members of his band were scheduled to late a flight later in the day to meet up at the Bambi International Music Awards.