Iron Maiden’s personal Boeing 747 collided with a tow truck Saturday at an airport in Chile, causing major damage to the aircraft and injuring two airport workers on the ground, the band said.
The plane, dubbed Ed Force One, was tethered to a truck at the Santiago International Airport and was being moved to be refueled and prepped for the next flight.
“On moving, the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out,” the heavy metal band posted on its website. “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.”
Neither Iron Maiden nor its 20 tons’ worth of equipment were on board Ed Force One at the time.
The band posted an update on the condition of the Chilean airport workers who were injured stating that they “will make a complete recovery.”
As for the plane, it will require extensive repairs and possibly two new engines, but the show will go on.
The band is on its way to Argentina, where it has a show scheduled for Sunday as part of its ongoing South American tour.
“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.”