Iron Maiden’s airplane collides with tow truck


It was a bad morning for Ed Force One – very bad. The enormous jumbo jet, which is frequently piloted by Iron Maiden’s frontman Bruce Dickinson slammed into a tow truck while on the ground at an airport in Santiago, Chile.

“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,” the band said on its website. “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 aircrafts 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.”

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The band was not in the plane at the time of the accident. Iron Maiden will play their two shows Cordoba and Buenos Aires. The rest of the shows are still up in the air. In an update on Saturday evening, the band said the airport staff injured in the incident are expected to make a full recovery. Hopefully, Ed Force One will be back in the skies soon.

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