2016-03-12 Ed Force 1 Boeing 747-400 damaged on ground at Santiago
Whilst under tow, a ground vehicle collided with the 747 resulting in heavy damage to engines and undercarriage. Two ground workers apparently suffered injured.
The empty aircraft was towed across the apron by a pushback tug in preparations to refuel for the next leg of the Iron Maiden Tour from Santiago across the Andes to Cordoba, Argentina.
As the tug turned to enter taxiway „Kilo“, the steering pin (Steering Bypass Pin, see below) that connects the vehicle with the nosegear suddenly came loose.
The 747 rolled foreward without steering control until both left wing engines (#1 + #2) and its undercarriage collided with the tug causing substantial damage.
Two ground workers sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.
At the time the 747 was chartered for flying the british metal group Iron Maiden and their equipment on their world tour „The Book of Souls“.
Statement from the band: „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.
Although this is tragic for our beautiful plane, we do not expect this to affect our concert schedule including the next two 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.“
At the time of the incident the 747 was not loaded yet.
Chile’s Departamento Prevención de Accidentes have launched an investigation.
The Boeing 747 jumbo is named Ed Force One after the band’s mascot, Eddie, who has appeared on all of their album covers, and graces the plane’s tail.
Ed Force One is being piloted on the band’s world tour by MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson.
The driver’s cab of the towing vehicle was demolished by impact forces.
The aircraft is expected to stay at Santiago for an indefinable time until repair works were carried out.
Steering Bypass Pin
Date: 2016-03-12 Time: –
Location: SCEL SCL Santiago
Flight phase: PBT – Pushback / Towing with engines not in operation
Damage to a/c: substantial
From: SCEL/SCL: Santiago To: SACO/COR: Cordoba
Operator: Air Atlanta Icelandic
Type: Boeing 747-400
Age a/c: 13.0 years
Constr. No.: 32868
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JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 19th safety occurence for the operator
- 229th safety occurence of type (B747-400)
- 5th Safety occurence at Santiago de Chile Airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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