A PILOT is being investigated for performing a terrifying low fly-by at Dusseldorf Airport to mark Air Berlin's final transatlantic flight.
Flight AB7001 from Miami performed the stunt while horrified onlookers feared it was attempting a botched landing.
The pilot of the Airbus A330 – who is now being investigated – was allowed by the Dusseldorf traffic control to do a flyover as it was the last flight operated from the US to Germany.
Videos show the plane appearing to attempt to land before regaining speed and elevation, turning to the side as it does.
It then flies narrowly close to the airport terminal as it shows off its wings for one last time.
In a video shot by a witness, a woman can be heard saying "what is it doing" as the aeroplane suddenly seems to accelerate and is not slowing down to land.
The aeroplane then makes a sharp left turn towards the terminal building, with the people on the outside terrace screaming out in fear.
An airport employee who watched the dramatic scenes unfold thought at first the aeroplane would crash right into the terminal.
She said: "It was a strange feeling when the A330 came right at us, as we did not know before that it would do a honorary lap."
The Local reports the pilot is now under investigation by the Federal Aviation Authority.
Renate Brunder-Korbmacher, who lives near the airport, said: "People near the airport were really terrified.
"Those who have lived for decades near the airport and know the start and landing routes got a huge scare. An aeroplane that flies extremely low over the residential area, outside the normal route, usually means an emergency is happening."
Another resident even said that "they should actually take away the license of such pilots".
The resident said: "The man scared the hell out of hundreds of children in the Dusseldorf-Unterrath neighbourhood."
An Air Berlin manager who wished to remain anonymous told German media that the pilots were "complete idiots" for performing the fly-by.
Markus Wahl, spokesman of a German pilot's organisation, said that at no time were people in danger in the well planned move and he is sure that the pilot did not do anything illegal.
The airline said it was aware of the agreement to perform the low fly-by and "fully supports the LBA in its work".
On 15th August, Air Berlin stated it was filing for insolvency, although most flights continued until further notice after the German government provided the airline with a loan.
On 9th October, the airline however announced that it would cease all of its own operations by 28th October.
The total deficit of Air Berlin over 2016 was a staggering £707.5 million.
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