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Iron Maiden’s 747 jet “badly damaged”, two people injured, in airport runway accident

on March 12, 2016, 12:17pm

Iron Maiden’s personal Boeing 747 jet was “badly damaged” in an airport runway accident in Santiago, Chile on Saturday morning. Two airport workers were reportedly injured in the accident, according to the BBC. The band itself is safe and accounted for.

In a posting to their Facebook Page, Iron Maiden said the accident occurred while the plane was being taken for refueling. “The steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out,” the band explained. “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.”

Iron Maiden said the accident shouldn’t affect their upcoming concerts in South America. “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 [the plane] at the time of the accident.”

Affectionally dubbed by Iron Maiden as Ed Force One, the plane had been piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson over the course of their world tour. Despite today’s accident, the band intends to find a new Ed Force One as they continue globetrotting the world in support of their latest album, The Book of Souls.

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