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Plane Flies Incredibly Low To Ground In 'Honorary Lap' Stunt

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Plane Flies Incredibly Low To Ground In 'Honorary Lap' Stunt

An Air Berlin pilot who carried out a scary-looking 'last flight' stunt is being investigated, it's been reported.

The pilot was in charge of the final long-distance flight by the now bankrupt airline and was coming into land at Dusseldorf Airport when he did an 'honorary lap', however onlookers on the ground had no idea it was coming.

The shocking stunt was caught on camera, in a clip one woman can be heard asking: "What is he doing?"

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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One airport employee told The Local: "It was a strange feeling when the A330 came right at us, as we did not know before that it would do an honorary lap."

The federal aviation authority (LBA) is now investigating the incident, according to the paper, despite no complaints being made by passengers.

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A second video, filmed from the Dusseldorf Airport control tower, appears to show that the stunt was very carefully executed and that the passengers were never in any particular danger.

As the plane comes in to land, onlookers can be heard clapping while the captain says in German that Air Berlin will 'cease it long-distance flights tomorrow' before thanking the traffic controllers he had worked with over the years.

Credit: CEN

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At the Miami airport the plane was given a water-canon salute by the airport fire brigade as a way of saying 'goodbye'. Aw, it's getting a bit sad this, isn't it?

Air Berlin will still be carrying out shorter distance flights, to Europe, however earlier this month it announced it will cease all of its own operations by 28 October.

Until it filed for bankruptcy, Air Berlin was the second biggest airline in Germany. However it announced a total deficit of £707.5million ($931m) in 2016.

Featured Image Credit: CEN

Topics: World News, Airport, Flying, Germany

Claire Reid
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