It was January 16, 1996. Bono and his family were on vacation, flying on a private plane in the Caribbean that had to make a quick fuel stop in Jamaica. No big deal, right?
Unbeknownst to anyone aboard, Jamaican police were working on an anonymous tip. They had heard this plane–an old Albatross seaplane from WWII–was being used to smuggle drugs. After refueling without incident, Bono’s plane taxied back out onto the runway with the cops in hot pursuit. And as the plane was taking off, they opened fire with more than a hundred rounds.
At least seven bullets were lodged in the fuselage, but fortunately, no one was hurt. In the end, the cops admitted that it was a case of mistaken identity and apologized. Bono and family were so shaken that they bolted from Jamaica and went right to Miami for the rest of their trip.