Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

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

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

Two pilots for Air Berlin, approaching their last landing into Dusseldorf, Germany, before the carrier's insolvency, instead flew along the runway, banked sharply, then pulled up and flew one last time around the airport.

Footage of the fly-past shows the plane appearing to make a landing attempt at Dusseldorf Airport, before regaining speed and altitude, then making a sharp left to "show its wings".

The Airbus A330, which was flying from Miami, could be seen coming into land before turning on to its side and flying very close to the terminal.

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The pilot has been suspended.

Air Berlin says the manoeuvre had been agreed upon with them before being undertaken by the pilot.

People in the tower are heard clapping when the aeroplane arrives, as the voice of the captain is heard saying in German that Air Berlin will "cease it long-distance flights tomorrow".

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The pilot had requested permission from the tower to make a left turn should a go-around be necessary.

However, another video of the landing taken from the airport's control tower shows the risky move was actually an orchestrated flight path, despite airport employees fearing it would crash, The Sun reported.

The control tower approved the stunt because it was meant to honor the final long-haul flight for the bankrupt airline.

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The Air Berlin spokesman said the videos raised questions that had to be answered as part of the investigation. The airline ceases operating at the end of October.

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