During the Coasters After Dark event for season pass holders at about 9:45pm Ka launched an empty train after breaking down. But there was a loud bang at the end of the launch and there were reports of sparks flying up. The train did clear the tower. After this security made everyone leave the area. Looks like Ka ate itself again. :-(
Edit: On the bright side the Batman side of the chiller is open again! *** Edited 5/6/2006 5:58:42 AM UTC by medusa3232***
I feel bad for the hoards of people who travel hours to ride this thing and it being closed. Easter weekend it was running great. not a breakdown the whole day. we got 2 rides on it that day. I'm goin to the park 2da, I'll check the status on Ka.
...because giant magnetic brakes coming up against a giant moving train could cause a multitude of sparks, noises, and many other bad things, I imagine.
And, if I recall correctly, a similar thing happened to Red Train on TTD before it ever opened to the public in its 1st season...on either the first, or one of the first, rollbacks...causing Red Train to be out-of-service for quite a while. I think it was Red Train, anyhow.
You'd think they'd get that right the 2nd time around.
But even if the brakes did come up too early, it wouldn't have any different of an effect than when the train hits the brakes at the end... it would just slow it down. There's no contact, so there would be no sparks.
I just saw at another site a rumor that on the previous train someone's cell phone fell out and landed and became lodged somewhere in the launch area. The following train "ran over" it and caused whatever happened. No rumored damage tot he brake fins, but damage to the cable and catch car. *** Edited 5/6/2006 5:05:16 PM UTC by Peabody***
From what people are saying the brakes did not come out during or after the launch. Which is a BIG problem because if the train did not make it over the tower it would rollback at full speed through the station until it hit another train.
With no solid refutation of the cell-phone idea, I think that's looking like the proximate cause.
ANYTHING being "lodged in the launch area" should cause an immediate system shutdown from the control system. Something still ain't right with the design if you can launch a train with something (or, theoretically, someONE) in the launch area...
Whatever got messed up mechanically needs fixed, but with all the *sensors* on these rides, something shoulda CAUGHT that the launch area was "occupied".