Air Berlin Pilots Suspended After Performing Stunt To Honor Last Flight

StoryfulPublished: October 19, 2017Updated: October 20, 201725,870 viewsVirality: 6%
Published: October 19, 2017Updated: October 20, 2017

Air Berlin pilots pulled a dramatic stunt by staging a flypast at Duesseldorf Airport on the airline’s final long-haul flight Monday, October 16. The video shows the Airbus A330 from Miami fly low over the runway before banking sharply over the terminal.

Reuters reported that Air Berlin had suspended the two pilots of Flight AB7001. Air Berlin filed for insolvency on August 15 and Lufthansa has announced it would buy part of the airline’s operations.

Mylos Besselingitza captured dramatic footage of the go-around, which alarmed some of the passengers at the airport.
Pilots are trained in such "go-around" procedures for aborted landings, but the manoeuvre was unusual and the German aviation authorities are investigating, because in aviation, safety always comes first and this was highly risky!

The Air Berlin pilot had requested permission from the tower to make a left turn if a go-around were to be required.

Pilot for a different carrier told Reuters that a go-around should be performed only for operational or safety reasons. "Electing to do one if it is known not to be required adds an unnecessary risk," he said.

Credit: Mylos Besseling via Storyful

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