Air Berlin pilot under investigation for 'lap of honour' fly past

Air Berlin pilot under investigation for 'lap of honour' fly past

Yet, that's exactly what this German pilot did on his final long-haul shift with Air Berlin.

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

"In aviation, safety comes first". "Air Berlin fully supports the LBA in its work", the company said.

Air Berlin, which has struggled to turn a profit over the last decade, filed for insolvency on August 15, and a government loan has kept its planes aloft while its administrator negotiated with prospective buyers for parts of the business. Several witnesses captured the Airbus A330 on video. It buzzed right by the control tower. However, the Air Berlin A330 seats a maximum of 290 passengers.

"When he did this maneuver, I think nobody was scared because everybody [knew] what happened", Siegmayer said, adding that as a passenger, "I also liked it".

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Videos of the incident show the plane appearing set down for a landing before it tilts sharply to the left and flies around the control tower. It was one of the last flights for the bankrupt airline.

In spectacular footage from Monday (local time), the plane can be seen dipping within about 20 metres of the runway at Düsseldorf Airport before tilting dramatically to the left.

"A fly-around maneuver is a normal operating procedure, which must be mastered by the pilots and is applied as required".

He declined to provide further details or confirm reports that said the manoeuvre was an intentional "lap of honour".

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