Partytime the German way

A German Air Force Airbus A319, similar to the aircraft involved in this story. Infact, it may very well have been this exact plane. This picture was taken at Wittmund, Germany. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A German Air Force Airbus A319, similar to the aircraft involved in this story. In fact, it may very well have been this exact aircraft. This picture was taken at Wittmund airbase, Germany, in June 2013. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

We are pretty sure a 24-year old German had a hell of a time when he boarded the German equivalent of ‘Air Force 1’ at Köln-Bonn airport recently. In fact, he boarded the Airbus A319 on his own while the aircraft was parked during the evening hours. He managed to climb onto the wing using one of the two engines as stairs, opened an emergency exit and threw himself a little party. In his underpants, of course.

The 24-year old then also took the opportunity to empty some emergency fire equipment and – why not – activate an emergency slide. That alone could have been enough to ring some alarm bells at the airport, but actually only after this unexpected visitor went into the cockpit and threw around some switches, alarm bells really started ringing with airport staff.

The Polizei then invited themselves to the party and brought along one of their not-so-friendly dogs. After just two bites did the 24-year old surrender himself. According to a police spokesman, the young German took XTC before going on his adventure. No surprise there, really. Good trip, but straight to prison.

The Airbus was thoroughly checked after the incident and even a testflight was performed. The German Air Force has ordered extra security to guard the airplane, that is frequently used by chancellor Angela Merkel and other German government officials.

© 2013 AIRheads’ Elmer van Hest

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