A private plane carrying U2 frontman Bono lost its rear hatch while approaching Berlin, but the pilot managed to touch down safely and the Irish rock star was never in danger, airport authorities said on Thursday.
The hatch fell from the sky somewhere close to Schoenefeld airport, located on the southeastern outskirts of the German capital, the airport spokesman said.
It was unclear why the hatch broke off and German authorities were investigating the incident, which took place on Wednesday, he said. The aircraft was carrying five passengers and two crew members.
"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."
German aviation authorities are currently investigating the incident and local police are scouring the areas around the airport for the missing luggage.
Berlin airport spokesman Ralf Kunkel said: "The jet landed safely and, according to our knowledge, there was no danger of a crash."
Bono was on board his £50 million Learjet 60 D-CGEO with four friends heading to the Bambi International Music awards when the incident took place yesterday afternoon (November 12).
Bono was flying to Berlin ahead of his bandmates to attend a diplomatic event with Gerd Mueller, the German minister of economic coorperation and development.
Despite the incident, U2 performed at the Bambi Awards. Although no dates have yet been released, the band are expected to tour in 2015.