Danger! Beware On X-Flight At SFwoa

Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:08 PM
X-Flight at SFwoa manufactured by Vekoma has a serious problem, that is anyone getting in the very last car could easily fall off and fall beneath the tracks of the rollercoaster and seriously hurt themselves. I wonder if there is anything any of us can do to prevent someone from getting hurt. I promise you that if this problem is not taken care of, someone will become seriously injured, if not a park patron then an employee of SFwoa.
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:13 PM
...And what makes you so sure of this?

Did you ride it?
Did you almost fall out?

Did you follow the minimum/maximum height/weight requirements?

Vekoma may have a somewhat bad reputation with all the cloned SLC's and Boomerangs... but I am 100% sure that safety is their #1 concern on any of their coasters... especially new ones that are as advanced as the X-Flight and Batwing.

I guess Worlds of Adventure will have to dismantle the X-Flight now and just melt it down to scrap metal ;)

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Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:14 PM
And you can back this up HOW???
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:21 PM
I rode it today and all it would take would be an errant trip or fall or something stupid and you will get seriously hurt. They truly need to do something, that is all the amusement industry needs is another person to get hurt. By the way, I am 5'11" 30 years old with a BBA in Marketing, weigh 195 with a muscular build, in very good shape. Mark my word there is nothing there to protect anyone from falling through and inuring themselves.
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:26 PM
Oh, you mean while trying to get into the car? I thought you meant while riding it. Yeah, I guess that could be dangerous.
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:38 PM
Geeze. With the topic thread title, I thought someone got their are chopped up in machinery or something. There is danger on the X-Flight: The front car can give such a great ride that you might have a heart attack! :)
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:41 PM
I just think that if we can prevent something from happening then lets do it! Don't forget you are going to have little kids, individuals who may be under the influence of alcohol, and people with some disabilties entering and exiting the train. Keep in mind you are dealing with the general public and the ride ops are in such a hurry to get the train out ASAP, there is no telling who can get hurt.
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 12:43 PM
You may think it is a joke, but it is a serious problem and if someone does get hurt then they will have to shut the ride down till they remedy the situation!
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 1:00 PM
I don't think it is a joke. Have you told them about your concerns?
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 2:51 PM
When I sat at the end of the back row on Stleth I wasn't in the restraint very well and I really did feel like if I wanted to I could fall out! MY leg really didn't get secured by the lap bar making it uncomfy but I still loved the ride!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2001 3:01 PM
Want to know some dangers? I'll give you some!

Long air getting caught somewhere on the cars.

Trains crashing during three train operation because the brakes on the final run don't always stop the train.

Some obstruction in the car preventing the car from locking in the down position, and then going through the course!

Some stupid guest crushes their hand or foot reaching for the track switcher.

A mechanic accidentally touches both electrical tracks running along side the rails at the same time.

Of course every coaster has it's share of dangers, but anyone who falls off the car onto the track deserves it. It's difficult to fall beacause the cars have those lap bar type restraints going down the legenth of the car.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2001 3:19 PM
just coastering, I wasn't saying that it would be alright if someone got hurt, it would be very terrible. I just thing that the ride ops on
X-Flight seem very aleart with their jobs and would prevent someone from falling.
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 9:00 PM
Actually, it is a legitimate concern; unfortunately one that is not easy to address. It's not so bad for riders as there is a floor to the car and the riders step between the seat and the open lap bar. But the operators who are checking those lap bars have nothing behind them, and there isn't a lot of clearance between the train and the back end of the station. Personally, I think part of the problem is that somebody screwed up and built the station as though the train was going to be travelling in the other direction...that is, the station is built backwards.

Also, a tip for riders: You want the lap bar as tight as you can get it. Don't worry so much about the shoulder thing, as that is merely to give you something to lean against...the lap bar is what holds you in the train, and you want that one snug. When I took my first ride, the attendants were all concerned about getting the shoulder thingy way WAY too tight, while not pushing the lap bar down far enough. Big mistake, that.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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