The Goo Goo Dolls were involved in a minor airplane accident over the weekend in Sicily when the aircraft the band was in skidded off the runway at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Sigonella.
None of the members of the Goo Goo Dolls were hurt in the incident, which was believed to have been caused by severe weather conditions that included strong rain, winds, and lightning.
The Goo Goo Dolls were returning to the Navy base after playing a show at Tuzla Army Base in Bosnia, the last date on its “Christmas Tour” of six U.S. military facilities in Europe.
The U.S. Naval C-9 transport plane, which was carrying 30 passengers, attempted to touch down twice before finally landing on its third attempt. But the craft skidded off the runway and then back on again, causing damage to the landing gear and one of the wings.
“We were relieved that the [Goo Goo Dolls] and other passengers were uninjured,” Lieutenant Cappy Surette said in a statement issued via the group’s
representatives. “Our sailors and their families greatly appreciated the band taking the time to play for us, and we want to see them get home safely.”
Despite the accident, the Goo Goo Dolls are still planning to take part in the “MTV 2 Large” millennial celebration that will see the band fly from London to New York City, then perform at Times Square.