Korean free fall ride accident

Monday, March 22, 2004 1:05 AM
While flipping channels, I saw a rescue from an Intamin Ballistic freefell in Korea. It was freaky. When the people were getting rescued, the car droped about 10 feet from a height of about 60 feet. It fell on a cherry picker, which flipped over. I saw three poeple fall off. I'm not sure if anyone died because the news was in Korean.
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Monday, March 22, 2004 2:28 AM
I'm almost certain that no one got killed by the fall. There was probably some mechanical failure that caused the ride to stop in midair.
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Monday, March 22, 2004 6:20 AM
It looks like two of the rescuers were seriously hurt, but no one was killed.

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200403/kt2004032121392411950.htm

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Monday, March 22, 2004 10:06 AM
luckily noone died.
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Monday, March 22, 2004 11:30 AM
Is this one of the Intamin vertical-tower free-fall rides with the magnetic brakes?

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***

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Monday, March 22, 2004 12:19 PM
Didn't they once have to do an arial rescue from Drop zone at P-Carowinds?

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***

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004 3:25 AM
I just saw it on TV (typical tabloid style!)

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.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:59 PM
Don't work on it unless you can lock it out the energy source so it can't move!!!!!!!

It's that simple.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004 2:33 PM
I have been informed, that the ride in question is NOT A HUSS PRODUCT!

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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Thursday, March 25, 2004 2:24 AM
I also saw this on Baltimore TV (they showed it twice) it looked like it fell about 10 feet and 2 or 3 people fell to the ground. I thought they said there were fatalities, but I could be wrong...it was very scary to watch.
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