Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2005 9:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A wheelchair-bound man died Monday after falling from a sky-diving ride at an indoor amusement park in Tokyo's Daiba waterfront area, police said. The six-seat ride plunges about 12 meters to just above ground level toward a projected image of the sky while wind gushes in from below.
Read more from Japan Times.
Steven, I'm just trying to figure out what possessed you to resurrect a six-year-old thread to propose a ridiculously complicated solution for a surprisingly simple problem.
(You don't work for Intamin do you? They're known for coming up with complicated ways to do simple things...)
In reviewing the thread, the most obvious answer I can come up with is that Japanese ride operators need to be a little less polite in the interest of keeping their customers safe. Period. Allowing people to ride in situations where they probably shouldn't seems to be a recurring theme in Japanese amusement ride calamities, and I am beginning to think it is a *cultural* problem, as it is a theme that seems to come up with far less frequency in other countries, even in countries which have more frequent ride incidents.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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At SFNE yesterday when a restraint on Bizarro wasn't down far enough on a bigger person. The ride operator would try twice to push down on the restraint. 3 of the 4 I seen were sent off the ride. That's how it should be done. If the guy was too big he shouldn't have been allowed to ride.
I liked that they added the El Toro type lapbar to that ride. I hated those annoying shin guards on the old restraints.