Damage to Iron Maiden's Ed Force One And Their Response
Previously we did a story on Iron Maiden's new Ed Force One 747-400. Since that time the plane sustained extensive damage on March 12 in Santiago, Chile while on their 2016 Book of Souls Tour. The plane suffered damage to two engines in a ground towing incident involving two tug operators that were taken to the hospital.
The tug was hitched to a tug for refueling and a steering pin connecting to the tug and plane fell out. According to Flight Global, "Steering failed during a turn and the aircraft collided with the tractor, it adds, badly damaging the nacelles and inlet cowls of both left-hand General Electric CF6 powerplants, as well as its undercarriage."
None of the band members or their crew was on board and none of the stage equipment had not been loaded. The flight engineers were on site and evaluating the damage. They claim extensive maintenance will have to be done and may possibly require two new engines.
Iron Maiden released a statement, "Although this is tragic for our beautiful plane we do not expect this to affect our concert schedule including the next 2 shows in Cordoba and Buenos Aires. And we hope to find a new Ed Force One to continue this adventure with us in the near future. We will keep everyone updated when we know more, so keep checking only on this site for official news.