Iron Maiden’s ‘Ed Force One’ plane ‘badly damaged’ in Chile

Posted on Mar 14 2016 - 8:01pm by

Iron Maiden’s plane was damaged on the ground in Chile Saturday.

Iron Maiden’s going to get to you, no matter how far — even without their private plane.

The heavy metal band’s Boeing 747 was badly damaged in Chile on Saturday, according to a statement on the group’s Facebook page. “Ed Force One” was on the ground tethered to a tow truck when it collided with the ground tug, harming the undercarriage.

Two ground tug operators were reportedly injured and taken to the hospital but are expected to make a full recovery.

“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,” the band wrote. “Best wishes to them and their families.”

The band was on its way to a concert in Cordoba when the accident occurred. An initial prognosis of the damage to the plane by flight engineers showed significant damage to the engines that would “require an extended period of maintenance and possibly two new engines.”

The band has been able to move forward with its next scheduled concerts in Argentina.Michael Putland/Getty Images

The band has been able to move forward with its next scheduled concerts in Argentina.

But Iron Maiden said their travel plans were quickly rearranged and both of their concerts in Argentina were expected to go on as planned.

“Killer Krew has sorted out all logistics for us to be there with our full show for you all tomorrow,” they said. “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.”

Ed Force One was first used in 2008 for the band’s “Somewhere Back in Time World Tour.” It is often piloted by singer Bruce Dickinson (who once made an emergency landing of his WWI replica plane) and was featured in a documentary called “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” that followed the band on tour.

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