Air Berlin Pilots Pull Dramatic Flypast Stunt For Last Long-Haul Flight

StoryfulPublished: October 19, 2017177,558 views
Published: October 19, 2017

Dramatic footage has emerged of an Air Berlin plane staging a flypast at Duesseldorf Airport on the airline’s final long-haul flight. The video shows the Airbus A330 from Miami fly low over the runway before banking sharply over the terminal on Monday, October 16.

Reuters reported that Air Berlin had suspended the two pilots of Flight AB7001. Air Berlin, the second-largest airline in Germany, filed for insolvency on August 15 and Lufthansa has announced it would buy part of the airline’s operations. Judith Tomitza captured dramatic footage of the go-around, which alarmed some of the passengers at the airport.
Although onlookers in the above video clearly enjoyed the pass and were in awe, other reports claim that passengers were screaming in terror and were visibly distressed, while people in the terminal were also very concerned.

A spokesman for the company said that they took the incident very seriously and appropriate measures have been taken. One of the pilots said that they just wanted to make a dignified and emotional goodbye, but go-arounds should only be performed if necessary, and choosing to do one just for the sake of it adds unnecessary risk. Plane stunts are fun to watch, but only when done with special planes and trained pilots.

The company is set to cease operations on October 28, and the airline’s final flight will take place a day earlier. Tickets are reportedly already sold out for that Munich to Berlin flight.

Credit: Judith Tomitza via Storyful

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