Injury on IAAPA Scad Tower

Friday, November 22, 2002 5:26 PM

Aparently the net wasn't in place when the 13yr old jumped.

Heres a link to a news story

http://www.icflorida.com/partners/wftv/news/story4.html

Chuck, who wonders how this could happen?

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Friday, November 22, 2002 5:31 PM
I'm not sure this is the SCAD tower. On the permenant SCAD tower there is no airbag, and I don't believe there was one on the traveling one I saw either. Additionally, "riders" are not allowed to jump from the SCAD tower, so I have no idea how someone could jump/fall before the net is in place (riders are released by an attendant). Finally, falling from the SCAD would be more than 50 feet.

-Nate

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Friday, November 22, 2002 5:33 PM

We got down to IAAPA today after the incident, and the SCAD tower was closed. Scary to think I jumped off that sucker Wednesday afternoon....hoping his injuries heal and he's OK...really makes you think...

edit: It was a nylon net, not an airbag....my guess was a little less than 50'. The attendant un-hooked the cable suspending the rider, and they fell into the net, which was suspended *about* 10-12' off the ground. My *understanding* is that the net hadn't been raised into position before the attendant released the kid....

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 11/22/2002. ***

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Friday, November 22, 2002 5:34 PM

IAAPA's Version this year was a smaller indoor model. Last year they had the huge outdoor one.

Chuck, who still can't figure out if he fell or what or the attendants didn't replace the net. Only time will tell.

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Friday, November 22, 2002 5:47 PM

The airbag that they are talking about was put in place b/c of the heavier guests becoming extremly close to hitting the ground when hitting the nets. They placed a small airbag there to cusion the guest a little more just incase.

EDIT: I heard two rumors already...one, cables snapped. Two, net wasn't up (which I can understand b/c there is a second op controlling the net from the bottom of the scaffolding)

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*** This post was edited by CsTrFrK on 11/22/2002. ***

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Friday, November 22, 2002 6:40 PM
Lucky this wasn't the full sized tower or that kid would be very dead.
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Friday, November 22, 2002 6:42 PM

Very dead? Is there a difference between very dead & regular dead?

...just curious ;)

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Friday, November 22, 2002 6:58 PM

Yes.

Almost dead
Really dead
and a 3rd from the princess bride I cannot remember.

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Friday, November 22, 2002 7:00 PM
Man, why the heck did the kid jump if the net wasn't there? Also, If there was an airbag, why didn't it cushion the fall? Forgive me, but, I sure as heck wouldn't jump if there wasn't anything to cushion my fall.

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Friday, November 22, 2002 7:18 PM
That would be "mostly dead."

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Friday, November 22, 2002 7:20 PM

PKIEMPSOB said:

Yes.

Almost dead
Really dead
and a 3rd from the princess bride I cannot remember.



"Ah, but you're wrong. Your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. You see, mostly dead is still slightly alive."

-Miracle Max

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Friday, November 22, 2002 7:20 PM
BTW, the boy did not jump, he was released by the attendant. Not the boys fault at all. I hope he is ok soon.

*** This post was edited by Punkin Picker on 11/23/2002. ***

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Friday, November 22, 2002 7:21 PM

Moe, The jumper is looking up, Not down and is released by the operator.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester.
Is it about coasters or friends? I say both!

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Friday, November 22, 2002 7:25 PM
Ahhh... ok Now I get it. I have only seen pictures of this thing. That all makes sense now. Thanks Chuck.
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Friday, November 22, 2002 8:04 PM

du8die said:

"Ah, but you're wrong. Your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. You see, mostly dead is still slightly alive."

-Miracle Max

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"Getting on Iron Wolf is kind of like going in a blender and pressing PUREE"



thanks I couldn't remember. Hope the kid is okay

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Friday, November 22, 2002 8:46 PM
I hope the kid is ok too. That really sucks. I mean you go up on the ride trusting the ops to do their job right and you get hurt. That has really got to suck. I'm glad the kid will be ok. Scary stuff.
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Friday, November 22, 2002 11:18 PM
I'm still curious as to how this happened. On the version I experienced (Terminal Velocity @ Wisconsin Dells, as well as a traveling model) te net was in place as soon as the module they dropped you from was at maximum height. That is, as the cabin rose, the net rose as well. I don't understand how they could drop someone from the ride's maximum height (which they should only drop riders from anyway) without the net being in proper position unless this smaller indoor model is using a completely different system.

-Nate

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Saturday, November 23, 2002 4:04 AM

Not to get off topic but how do you even get into the IAAPA? Just show up, join a club,....?

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Saturday, November 23, 2002 5:53 AM

Just pay admission.

Shaggy

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Saturday, November 23, 2002 6:23 AM

I'm guessing that this comapany's not gonna get a lot of sales.

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