Iron Maiden‘s tour Boeing 747 has been involved in an incident during refuelling at an airport in Chile.
The sizeable tour plane’s undercarriage was damaged in the incident, reports say, while two airport workers have also been injured.
The band have released an extensive statement on the accident via their Facebook account, in which they highlight the extent of the damage, but also their own safety and that the tour is expected to continue. In it, they say:
“Ed Force One [the 747] was this morning tethered to a tow truck to be taken for refuelling prior to flying over the Andes to Cordoba for the next show. On moving the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out.
“On making a turn the aircraft had no steering and collided with the ground tug badly damaging the undercarriage, two of the aircraft’s engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital.
“We hope of course that they make a full and speedy recovery and we will be closely monitoring their progress. The flight engineers are on site and evaluating the damage, but their initial report is that the engines have suffered large damage and will require an extended period of maintenance and possibly two new engines.”
View the statement in full and see pictures of the damage to the plane via the Iron Maiden Facebook page, below:
‘Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson – a highly experienced pilot – had famously been flying the band on their tour, which began in Florida, and recently headed to South America. The plane was being towed at the time of the incident, meaning Dickinson was not in control.
The vocalist has previously spoken of his excitement about the scale of the new aircraft, saying:
“The greatest benefit of traveling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD.”
Iron Maiden are touring South America as part of the Book of Souls World Tour, which arrives in Europe via Asia, Australasia, Africa and North America in late May. They will headine Download Festival as their sole UK date on June 12.