Two injured after Iron Maiden plane gets damaged in Chile

Damaged plane

Iron Maiden's famous Boeing 747 has been damaged at an Airport in Santiago, Chile.

On their website the band explained that they hope their gigs in Argentina next week will "go ahead as planned".

While being towed a steering pin in a tow truck fell out, meaning it collided with a ground tug as it tried to make a turn.

Two of the ground tug operators were injured and had to be taken to hospital.

Ed Force One

The band say they will "closely monitor their progress".

The plane's three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on Iron Maiden's previous tours in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

As for the aircraft the undercarriage is reportedly badly damaged, and two new engines might be needed.

The band's statement continued: "Fortunately the 20 tons of equipment had not been loaded onto Ed Force One at the time of the accident.

"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.

"We hope to find a new Ed Force One to continue this adventure with us in the near future. "

Iron Maiden's vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, performs during a concert in Santiago
Image caption Vocalist and licensed pilot Bruce Dickinson had been flying his band mates around on their latest tour

But the band were keen to end on a high note, saying: "Our visit to Chile was a huge success with 58,000 fans coming to the show.

"Totally brilliant as ever in the Stadium Nacional last night. We love you guys!"

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