Two airport workers hospitalized after Iron Maiden's plane Ed Force One crashes into tow truck in Chile
Two ground workers have been hospitalized after Iron Maiden's plane crashed into a tow truck at an airport in Chile.
In addition to the injuries suffered by the tug operators, two engines on the the Boeing 747-400 were extensively damaged.The accident happened when a pin connecting the plane to the truck dislodged and the two vehicles crashed into each other on the tarmac at Santiago Airport.
Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson often pilots the airliner, named Ed Force One.
A statement on the band's website reads: 'Ed Force One was this morning tethered to a tow truck to be taken for refueling 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 aircrafts engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital.'
The aircraft will now undergo emergency maintenance, where it is believed two engines may need replacing. Lead singer Bruce, 57, trained on a simulator at Cardiff Aviation, his aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, for a license to fly the massive Boeing 747-400, nicknamed Queen of the Skies.
On board are the London-based heavy metal band plus their roadies, technicians and all their equipment.