Iron Maiden's Ed Force One Damaged at Chile's Airport

Iron Maiden - Ed Force One damaged

Ed Force One takes a considerable hit, and will be temporary replaced while it is being repaired.

By Tony Antunovich @tonyantunovich

Iron Maiden's giant Boeing 747, Ed Force One, sustained significant damage in an accident during refueling at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile.

The band have released this statement:

"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 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.

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 Ed Force One at the time of the accident, and none of the band or our road crew were onboard or near the airport. Although this is tragic for our beautiful plane we do not expect this to affect our concert schedule including the next two 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.

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!"

Iron Maiden - Ed Force One damaged

However, since the initial announcement, band manager Rod Smallwood has some good news to share:

"We are happy to tell our fans in Cordoba that our Killer Krew has sorted out all logistics for us to be there with our full show for you all tomorrow. We expect no disruption to the tour in any way and are looking for a replacement 747 Ed Force One while our current beauty is healed. More news on that later. Until then, believe me, we will get to you all on this tour one way or another wherever you are.

We are also delighted to say that we have been officially informed that the two Chilean airport staff who were injured following the malfunction of the tow truck connecting bolt will make a complete recovery. Best wishes to them and their families.

Up the Irons! See you soon. And thanks Chile, what an amazing reaction and show!!"

In case you missed it, check out some live footage from Iron Maiden's The Book of Souls tour, plus all remaining dates on the tour.

Load Disqus to comment