Man falls from Chaos ride in Omaha

Posted Monday, June 20, 2005 9:39 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A South Dakota man was listed in fair condition one day after falling about 15 feet when a locking device restraining him came loose on the Chaos at the Fun Plex in Omaha.

Read more from AP via The Rapid City Journal.

Monday, June 20, 2005 10:26 AM
This is the same park where an arm broke loose on a Spider. But i mean, how could someone come out of a Chaos, there are two locking devices, the OTSR, and a hinged cage-like door.

The spider has had problems like this in the past, but a Choas? It makes me think that their (Fun Plex) rides may not all be that safe.

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Monday, June 20, 2005 11:20 AM
wow... that is incrediable... I have been on a Chaos ride and experienced 1st hand a restraint failure on one, however, chance backed up that downright pathetic OTSR latch with the front bar, which the OTSR WILL hit, and WILL NOT move past. This meant that even enough my restraint was WAY up, I was never in any real danger. I'd be very iterested to hear exactly how this happened.
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Monday, June 20, 2005 2:26 PM
Hence the reason IB's Chaos was closed in a recent TR.
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Monday, June 20, 2005 5:44 PM

The ride had been inspected two days before the accident, park manager Eric Chartiaro said.

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Monday, June 20, 2005 6:00 PM
I wonder if this was one of the portable (older) style Chaos'.

The newer (park model) Chaos' have a black t-bar style back up device that comes down between the riders. The actual locking takes places behind the riders where the arm attaches to the seat. This is verified with a small white light at the rider's feet along with an interlock with the ride control system.

The other version is a metal cage like restraint that locks at the riders feet with a small knob like device.

I have always wondered if the newer version could fail.

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Monday, June 20, 2005 11:40 PM
There is a history of problems with the restraint system on the first generation Chaos'. I've heard of several cases of them opening up in mid cycle. In each case the op E stopped it before anyone went airborne.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:44 AM
Knowing the history of this park...I am guessing it is a first generation ride. If I get the chance to run up there, I'll take my camera with me.

I do hope this guy is OK.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:55 AM
I've worked with a first generation chaos for five years. I have never seen the restraints come up before. Sometimes the tbar would get nudged a little and cause the white light to go out, in that case the ride stops itelf and the op has to jog the ride down. The most trouble I've have seen with the restraint system is the opposite, the harnesses won't open automatically and the op has to manually open them. Of course, I'd rather see hard to open restraints vs. hard to stay closed restraints.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 2:48 PM
http://www.rideaccidents.com/

It seems there were 2 chaos accidents this weekend.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 4:42 PM
<-- was running a chaos the last few days...

scary.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 9:03 PM
These Chance Chaos rides seems to be having a restraint malfunction all around the world. These two accidents are not the first. I think Chance needs to go back and adjust something with the restraint mechanism or something.

Oh yea, scary thing, I rode the Chaos at Clementon Park the day before this incident happened. Very, very scary.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:03 AM
I have heard that the restraint lock on the Chaos rides is similar to the sliding locks found on screen doors. On the newer models with the T bar, this isn't TOO big of a problem, because the chances of that bar failing are very low, but if the cage versions also have this latch, it is asking for trouble. I've been saying that these rides are trouble for years, and the Chaos's are finally REALLY starting to prove it. I would not ride on a cage version at this point.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 11:03 AM
We don't have the cage version at the park. And I'm still trying to see a cage version as I never knew they even existed. Looking at all the versions of the Chaos manual I still cannot find a manual that says anything about the caged version. Are you sure you guys aren't referring to the Chance Zipper? I'm pretty sure Clementon has a first generation Chaos and the ride has the locking T-Bar.

Anyway, the girl at Chaos, supposedly had no danger of falling out because if the T-Bar were to ever fail, the ride is supposed to stop. But I've yet to find out if that's true or not. If it's not, an op should be paying attention and instantly take their foot out the pedal, as the ride does stop pretty quickly

Anyway, yes, these Chaos rides are showing just how dangerous they are. Chance needs to investigate both incidents and decide what they're going to do, if anything.*** This post was edited by RidesKid133 6/22/2005 11:04:42 AM ***

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 2:16 PM
Here's a couple pics of the "caged" version of the restraints.

http://www.americanmidway.com/pictures/SantaCruz/

http://www.themeparkreview.com/memday01/ma1.htm (scroll down the page)

*** This post was edited by Rihard 6/22/2005 2:16:54 PM ***

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 2:42 PM
Oh, OK. I see. I was wrong anyway. Clementon doesn't have a first generation Chaos.

http://www.alexsplace.com/Photos/Clementon-Amusement-Park/Clementon-Amusement-Park-03.htm

I had never seen that version before, I wasn't even aware they existed. Thanks.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 3:56 PM
I personally never liked this ride, or any ride, where you "hang" against the restraint.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 4:29 PM
It's definately something to get used to. You would hate the Chance Inverter.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 4:45 PM
I'm sure Chaos could deliver if it was run to it's full potential, but either the rides are underpowered, or no one likes to let all of the power out. I've found them to be too slow and flip-less for my enjoyment. Not to mention the restraints have never exactly instilled confidence in me.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 11:11 PM

Aren't most chaos' built with a safety system that can detect if all of the t-bars are properly secured or not and won't begin the ride if they are not? If so, then wouldn't that alone prevent something like this from even being a possibility of happening?

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