Waiting for the perfect moment to crack those “Vertigo” and “Elevation” U2 jokes? Well, now’s the time.
As ABC News reports, while flying from Dublin to Berlin for the Bambi Awards, Bono experienced a slight mid-air scare when his private plane’s rear door completely fell off. Luckily, the door merely protected the luggage compartment and didn’t keep the Learjet 60 from properly landing. No injuries were reported.
According to German aircraft officials, it’s unclear why or how the door came to break off, and that it would likely take up to several months before the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Incident Investigation could come to a conclusion.
John Nance, an aviation expert at ABC, said that although such an incident was uncommon, it “didn’t pose much of a hazard” for Bono and the rest of the plane’s occupants. “What happened here is very unusual, but they were never really at risk,” he noted. “The passengers may have been scared when they heard a noise, but they never lost pressurization.”
No word on how much luggage, if any, was lost during the flight. At the very least, we know no one could possibly be missing a copy of U2’s new album, Songs of Innocence, as it’s locked safely (much to some’s dismay) in folks’ iTunes accounts.
Below, watch a short news clip about the plane incident, followed by videos for both “Elevation” and “Vertigo”.