- 14 Nov 14
U2 frontman narrowly avoids fatal accident on private jet...
Bono has been described as "extremely lucky" to be alive after the rear door of his £50 million private jet fell off midway through a flight from Dublin to Berlin.
He was travelling with four friends en route to the Bambi International Music Awards - where U2 would later soldier on and perform - when the incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. As the plane reached the German coast while flying at approximately 8,000 feet, the tailgate detached. The door was housed outside of the pressurised area, thus no loss of pressure was incurred.
"He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down," a source told the Irish Daily Mail. "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 companion's luggage had fallen out mid-air. They were at an altitude where anything could have happened and they are feeling very lucky to be alive."
For more in-flight action with the U2 supremo, read Olaf Tyaransen's in-depth interview with the band here.