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An Air Berlin A330-200 departing (Photo: airberlin)

A Pilot’s Perspective: Air Berlin’s Controversial Farewell Maneuver in Dusseldorf

"Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby." "That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full." The famous quote that springs to mind when watching the video of an Airbus A330-200 'aborting' a landing, flying above the runway at 140 knots before, rather unexpectedly, banking to the left and turning 90 degrees towards the apron climbing above Dusseldorf's terminal. Last Tuesday, Air Berlin flight AB7001 was the last long-haul flight into the airline's Dusseldorf hub arriving in from Miami…