When are people going to learn that you DO NOT DO AERIAL RESCUES on those things...instead, you use your aerial rescue gear to get up to the catchwagon, then you CUT THE GONDOLA(S) LOOSE (that is, separate gondola from catchwagon and let it drop) and then let everybody off on the ground?
I don't know if that's what the manual says, but it's about the only option that actually makes sense...
--Dave Althoff, Jr. *** Edited 3/22/2004 4:31:47 PM UTC by RideMan***
From what I read they had a high angle rescue team repel from the top of the tower,unlock the restraints & lower the riders to the ground.
I agree that an easier approach probably would've been to somehow disngage the carrier from the car & let it drop into the brakes...after all the brakes require no power to stop the cars so in a way it would just've been like a normal ride cycle except not from the rides highest point. *** Edited 3/22/2004 5:20:29 PM UTC by BATWING FAN SFA***
From what I could see, this is a Huss Shot´n Drop Tower. Those are always connected to a cable, just like the S&S Towers, but with a bigger capacity.
That was actually very scary footage (of course they showed it about ten times, even in slow-mo! x( ).
According to the report, people were stuck for two hours. Usually the Huss Shot´n Drops can be lowered to the ground slowly even during a power outage. I´d guess there must have been a mechanical failure. They said that one of the passengers fell down as well.
The Journalists must have read the same newslink that Black7 provided: They called the ride "Gyroscope" even if the "Shot n Drop" Logo was constantly shown.
It's that simple.
This information comes directly from Huss.
Huss are always prone to plagiarists who copy their rides shamelessly to the point that they almost look identical to the original.
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