Ed Force One, Damaged The Airport Of Santiago De Chile Heavy
As the British Heavy Metal legends IRON MAIDEN on Saturday on its Facebook page, announced that is has been damaged, the Ed Force One, the MAIDEN band in its own plane IRON, at the airport of Santiago de Chile hard.
Like IRON MAIDEN, it was pulled to the Ed Force One by a tug to the refueling, as the connection between the tractor and the plane of crack and the Ed Force One, lost her balance. Two of the engines were seriously damaged, also two airport were injured-employee and brought to the hospital. The Crew of Ed Force One was not a MAIDEN in the accident on Board, also IRON, and the rest of her Equipment remained intact.
Currently, the Band posted on Saturday, would be taken care of, even in spite of the failure of the Ed Force One the Tour to continue. Yesterday's concert in Cordoba, Argentina, took place, which is why it can be assumed that until Further notice no cancelled concerts. Here is the original statement from IRON maiden's Facebook page:
“ED FORCE ONE IS BADLY DAMAGED ON THE GROUND IN COMODORO ARTURO MERINO BENITEZ (SANTIAGO, CHILE) AIRPORT
CONCERTS IN ARGENTINA TOMORROW AND TUESDAY EXPECTED TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED
Ed Force One 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 from the 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 aircrafts engines and injuring two ground tug operator, 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.
We are currently making contingency arrangements to get to the show in Cordoba tomorrow with band, crew and equipment intact. Fortunately, the 20 tons of equipment had not been loaded onto EF1 at the time of the accident. Although this is tragic for our beautiful plane we do not expect this to affect our concert schedule including the next 2 shows in Cordoba and Buenos Aires. And we hope to find a new Ed Force One, to continue this adventure with us in the near future. We will keep everyone updated when we know more, so keep checking only on this site for official news.
To finish on a high note however, our visit to Chile was a huge success with 58,000 fans coming to the show as totally brilliant as ever in the Stadium Nacional last night. We love you guys!”