Two airport employees have been injured after Iron Maiden's tour plane collided with a tow truck in Chile on Saturday (12Mar16).
The plane, named Ed Force One, was being moved to refuel when a mechanism controlling the aircraft fell out, causing it to roll away and crash into the tow truck. The two airport employees have since been hospitalised and are expected to make a full recovery. None of the band members, their equipment or road crew were on the plane at the time of the accident.
"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," read a message on the band's website on Saturday. "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."
The group is slated to perform in Argentina on Sunday (13Mar16), and the rockers have assured fans the tour will go on as scheduled.
In an update later on Saturday, they write, "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... Until then, believe me, we will get to you all on this tour one way or another wherever you are..."