Published Nov 03, 2011Polish tech metal combo Decapitated were onboard a Boeing 767 plane that crash landed in Warsaw on Tuesday (November 1), but the band have escaped the accident unscathed. The group were returning home from the U.S. when the aircraft's landing gear malfunctioned, forcing the plane to land on its belly at Fryderyk Chopin Airport. Miraculously, none of 231 passengers were injured.
As Blabbermouth reports, while Decapitated weren't hurt, they will need time to recuperate and have been forced to cancel their appearances this weekend at the Aalborg Metal Festival in Denmark and the Damnation Festival in Leeds, UK.
"We are extremely sorry to inform our fans that due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control, we will, unfortunately, have to cancel our shows in Aalborg (Aalborg Metal Festival) and Leeds (Damnation Festival)," the band said in a statement.
Festival organizers are reasonably bummed to miss out on the group, who issued their most recent album Carnival is Forever earlier this year, but are understanding of the situation.
"It's a major blow to the festival to lose a band like Decapitated, especially with only days to go, but I understand entirely why they need time to recover from what must have been a terrifying incident," Damnation organizer Gavin McInally said. "It's disappointing news for both us and the band but most importantly, no one was seriously injured and hopefully we will be able to host Decapitated in the future."
Decapitated have suffered other accidents in the past. Founding drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka passed away following a road collision in 2007. Singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek was also injured in the incident, which involved their tour bus colliding with a truck transporting wood near the Russia/Belarus border.