sábado, 12 de marzo de 2016

Grave Incidente sufre en SCL el "Ed Force One" de Iron Maiden

Esta mañana y por razones no confirmadas aún, el Boeing B747-400 "Ed Force One" que traslada a la banda "Iron Maiden" en su gira por el mundo, sufrió graves daños en dos de sus motores. Según primeras informaciones se indica que al momento de ser remolcado, la barra de tiro se habría soltado por lo que el avión siguió avanzando e impactó con el vehículo que lo tractaba. El tractor aludido resultó también con graves daños y los dos operadores a cargo de la maniobra habrían resultado heridos y trasladados a un centro asistencial 

Foto: www.cooperativa.cl


Dada la magnitud de los años el avión no podrá cumplir su itinerario de hoy en el que debía trasladar a la banda a la ciudad argentina de Córdoba para continuar con las presentaciones que forman parte de la gira y es seguro que el avión deberá permanecer en el país al menos durante una semana más para ser sometido a reparaciones.

Recordemos que el avión había arribado al país la noche del miércoles pasado procedente desde la ciudad de San José en Costa Rica y esta tarde debía dirigirse a Córdoba según lo antes señalado.

Esta tarde en el sitio oficial de Iron Maiden se ha oficializado la siguiente comunicación:

ED FORCE ONE BADLY DAMAGED ON THE GROUND IN COMODORO ARTURO MERINO BENITEZ (SANTIAGO, CHILE) AIRPORT
CONCERTS IN ARGENTINA TOMORROW AND TUESDAY EXPECTED TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED

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. 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. 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.




We are currently making contingency arrangements to get to the show in Cordoba tomorrow with band, crew and equipment intact. Fortunately the 20 tons of equipment had not been loaded onto Ed Force One at the time of the accident, and none of the band or our road crew were onboard or near the airport. 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.

To finish on a high note however, our visit to Chile was a huge success with 58,000 fans coming to the show as totally brilliant as ever in the Stadium Nacional last night.  We love you guys!


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