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Rocker to pilot 'hurricane' flight

Published 29/08/2011 | 18:06

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will pilot one of the first flights out of New York following Hurricane Irene
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will pilot one of the first flights out of New York following Hurricane Irene
People walk on the beach in Atlantic City as an American flag flaps in the wind after Hurricane Irene (AP)

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will pilot one of the first flights out of New York following Hurricane Irene, his spokesman said.

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The rocker, who has had a pilot's licence for years, regularly flies for charter airline Astraeus.

He will fly around 200 passengers from Newark, New Jersey to Reykjavik for budget airline Iceland Express.

The Boeing 757 will be painted in Iron Maiden colours as it is the same plane used by the band during their seven-month world tour, which ended just over three weeks ago.

Meanwhile a British Airways (BA) spokesman said the carrier hoped to add an extra flight on Tuesday night from Newark to London Heathrow in a bid to help some of the many holidaymakers stranded in the US.

Airlines resumed full schedules after American airports reopened following the 500-mile-wide storm which battered the east coast.

But as high winds and torrential rain cleared New York and charged from the US coast towards Canada, travellers were warned they face further delays because flights bound for Britain are already full.

BA and Virgin Atlantic were among those forced to suspend passages to New York and other eastern cities on Saturday.

Both carriers said they were now operating as normal.

However, those without pre-booked tickets were advised not to travel to airports because there are no spaces on flights during what is traditionally a busy holiday period.

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