German investigators are to examine the reasons for an emergency landing involving a sightseeing Douglas DC-3 at Berlin, which substantially damaged the aircraft.

Seven occupants suffered minor injuries in the incident which closed Berlin Schonefeld Airport for 15 minutes.

The vintage 'Raisin Bomber' aircraft - the type used during the historic post-war airlift - was being operated by Air Service Berlin.

It came to rest in an area of shrubland, not far from the construction site of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, sustaining severe damage to its right wing and vertical fin.

Details of the circumstances of the event are still sketchy but Schonefeld Airport's operator, Berliner Flughafen, says the landing immediately followed the DC-3's departure. The cause of the incident is "unknown", it adds.

Raisin Bomber
 © Air Service Berlin

It says there were 25 passengers and three crew members on board and that, although passengers left the aircraft unassisted, there were seven minor injuries.

Berliner Flughafen says German federal air accident investigation bureau BFU is to open an inquiry into the event.

Source: Flight International