Air Berlin farewell fly-by
The two pilots of the AB7001 flight from Miami to Dusseldorf that performed a close fly-by on Monday to mark Air Berlin‘s last long-haul flight to its hub have been suspended.
The A330 jet flew low across the runway, then pulled up and turned sharply to the left before landing on its second approach.
‘We wanted to make a mark, a dignified and emotional goodbye,’ the Air Berlin pilot was quoted by German broadcaster ZDF. His identity was not given.
Pilots are trained in such procedures for aborted landings and the captain had requested permission from the tower to make a left turn should a go-around be necessary.
Nevertheless, both Air Berlin and the German aviation authorities announced that they are investigating the incident, as the maneuver might have posed an unnecessary risk to the passengers.
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