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Big scare for Bono on his private plane

Last Updated Nov 13, 2014 8:34 AM EST

BERLIN -- Berlin airport authorities say U2 front man Bono's private plane lost a hatch as it was coming in for a landing in the German capital, but the Irish singer was never in any danger.

Airport spokesman Ralf Kunkel told the news agency dpa that the 32-inch by 40-inch rear hatch landed in the vicinity of Schoenefeld airport, on Berlin's southeastern edge.

Kunkel said it was not clear how the hatch came off and that German authorities were investigating.

He told CBS News the aircraft was never in danger of crashing and landed safely Wednesday.

The rear hatchway fell off at an elevation of 8,000 feet as the plane got ready to land. Engineers are trying to find out why it happened.

The flight originated in Dublin.

Bono is in Berlin for the Bambi Awards Thursday, where his band is set to perform. After arriving in Germany, the singer and activist also met with Walter Linder, the country's special representative on Ebola, to talk about the fight against the virus.