U2 star Bono was involved in a mid-air drama on a flight from Dublin, Ireland to Berlin, Germany on Wednesday (12Nov14), when the rear door of a private jet he was a passenger on fell off.

The rocker and four friends were on board the Learjet flight across Europe, en route to a meeting with Gerd Mueller, Germany's economic minister.

The jet was crossing into Germany when the tailgate became detached, according to the Irish Daily Mail.

A source tells the publication, "He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down. 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. When they landed they were horrified to learn that the compartment at the rear of the plane had completely detached."

German authorities have confirmed the private jet landed with damage to its tailgate and police are investigating the incident.

The drama is sure to have left Bono, who lost his luggage when the tailgate became detached, more than a little wary as he prepares to fly to America later this week (ends14Nov14).

Representatives for U2 have yet to comment on the incident.

Reports suggest Bono was the only member of the group on board the flight to Berlin - his bandmates were scheduled to take a later flight to join their frontman at the Bambi International Music Awards.