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Iron Maiden's Boeing 747 Damaged in Collision With Truck at Chile Airport

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden
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Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden flying his twin prop plane to Paris from Biggin Hill airport in 1998.

Iron Maiden's Boeing 747 was badly damaged after colliding with a tow truck at Chile’s Santiago International Airport on Saturday (March 12).

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The plane, which Iron Maiden calls Ed Force One, was being moved to refuel and prepare for a flight to Argentina, where the heavy metal was scheduled to perform Sunday.

"On moving, the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out," Iron Maiden wrote on its website. "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."

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Two airport workers were also injured during the incident; they’re expected to make a complete recovery.

Members of Iron Maiden weren’t boarded on Ed Force One at the time of the crash, nor was the band’s 20 tons’ worth of equipment, CNN reports. The plane will require extensive repairs and possibly two new engines.

"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."


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