A federal police helicopter flew a strange-looking route during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Berlin. The route of the helicopter with the identification "POLICE1" can still be seen on websites that record flight movements. It looks like someone has drawn a bicycle in the sky.
RBB first reported on Friday and published a screenshot of a flight page. According to the RBB, the helicopter is used jointly by the Federal Police and the Berlin State Police. Federal police officers controlled the helicopter on Thursday. However, the flight movements had arisen without cause, the Federal Police informed the German Press Agency on request.
Strict security precautions were in place in the capital around Netanyahu's visit on Thursday, including for air traffic. The federal police deployed three helicopters for airspace surveillance. "The police helicopters were kept in various sectors in the air in a so-called waiting procedure in order to record, approach and identify all flight movements or possible aircraft entering the airspace," said the authority.
These corridors were therefore manned by the police every 2.5 hours in order to be able to react quickly "in the event of an incident". "In this process, individual points and destinations are flown to without leaving the sectors," the federal police said. “This results in corresponding radar signatures. These result in typical but sometimes also atypical patterns. During this time and in this limited airspace, the flight movements requested occurred without reason.”