http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=77072 *** Edited 3/22/2005 5:08:04 PM UTC by Chitown***
And to think CF only had 10 days of management contract left...
It's also safe to say there was more than 15 aboard during the incident. It's spring break for a lot of the local school districts.
MPLS, Richfield, and Bloomington don't have spring break for two weeks...
From what I heard at SFA they can only run the ride with a minimum of 17 people(seated in the middle row) to balance out the weight...there've been plenty of times I've been on the ride waiting forever for people to join the queue so they could fully load the ride & start it up even having to resort to shouting at peeps going by the ride to come & join in.
I kinda agree with having zamperla recall the ride because they've had similar problems it seems with all 3 of their US installations & to be honest I think this will be the eagle's last season at the park...despite a motor replacement last season it was still down more than it was running.
When I was working at KBF, their RotoShake (HammerHead) managed to strand a full load of people upside down. I think they were up there for 20 minutes at the most.
It wasn't a mechanical problem, but rather a huge power outage that sent a good deal of the west coast offline for a few moments. (The ride's brakes will clamp down and stop the ride if there is a loss of power.)
I don't remember having a minimum number of riders before we cycled the ride. Nor was I aware of any mechanical problems that stranded anyone in the air. We did get a lot of gear noise that shut the ride down for a few months, if memory serves.
The biggest issue we had at first was that the large arm would not park in the right place at the end of its cycle (and we couldn't lower the ramps for people to disembark). I happened to be working it when an actor from Baywatch (and Knight Rider) was stranded on the crooked platform. Our only recourse in that situation was to start a new cycle and then end it after 1/2 a rotation and cross our fingers that it would park straight.
DawgByte II said:
Probably because in 1998, there were only 5 riders on the ride at the time.
oops read this wrong
More than 24 people were briefly stuck on an amusement park ride at Mall of America's Camp Snoopy on Monday afternoon, police said.
Bloomington police said at about 2 p.m., nearly 30 people became trapped on the Mighty Axe. Some were upside down for a nearly an hour. Police described others as stuck in an "astronaut position."
Still, how can "some" be upside down, while others were in an "astronaut position"? everyone is sitting at the same angle on this ride ALL the seats face the same way at the same position.
Once again, the media making a situation sound worse than it really is.
SFA's ride follows a similar cycle...after restraints are checked the gondola is raised & does one forward rotation followed by a backward rotation that continues as the arm starts rotating counterclockwise.
After a number of rotations are completed the arm will stop at the top of it's arc with the gondola in the astronaut position,it will then start rotating backwards while the arm rotates clockwise...after a few more rotations the arm will once again stop at the top of the arc(with the gondola upside down) & will slowly rotate down to the bottom of the arc where the gondola lowers,restraints are released & riders exit.
Sit me in a harness for 20 minutes at 91 - 95 degrees and I might swear I was upside-down, too.
They only turn on the lights needed to run the ride safely after dark,but with the problems it's been having lately it doesn't even manage to stay operational til then on an average day.
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