SFKK seeking to remove Superman Tower of Power.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 9:35 PM
SFKK wants the ride that severed a teenager's foot to start being removed by Feb. 1st. but that could be held up with legal matters.

Click here. *** Edited 11/30/2007 2:47:41 AM UTC by Chitown***

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Thursday, November 29, 2007 9:38 PM
They're still fighting over who is going to test the cable? If it takes that long to debate testing of a cable, that tower is going to be there for quite some time.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007 10:09 PM
Sadly, I knew this was coming. My favorite drop tower, my favorite flat at my home park... :`(. Please replace it with something.
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Friday, November 30, 2007 12:20 AM

“If this tower is begun to be taken down, there might be somebody not just at these tables, but behind me that will say we found stuff on what the lab did that requires us to go back, but that evidence is altered or gone,” the Lasitters’ family attorney, Larry Franklin, said.

I surely a'int not gonna be calling him if I needs me an attorney.

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Friday, November 30, 2007 1:55 AM
I wonder where it'll pop up next?
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Friday, November 30, 2007 3:07 AM
The scrapyard most likely.
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Friday, November 30, 2007 8:51 AM
I don't know about that. The ride probably has some value in the used ride market. The Zamperla mouse that killed two riders in its first season in Ocean City, NJ was removed right after that and now operates at Magic Springs, and I'm sure most people there know nothing of the ride's history.
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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:11 AM

Rob Ascough said:
I don't know about that. The ride probably has some value in the used ride market. The Zamperla mouse that killed two riders in its first season in Ocean City, NJ was removed right after that and now operates at Magic Springs, and I'm sure most people there know nothing of the ride's history.

They will not sell it (till lawsuit is settled)for a few reason's.If they sell it it maybe running by the time this goes to court.The attorney's will say "The ride is running at (insert new park name here) and they haven't chopped anyone's feet off.

No Park will buy it because they would get put out of business if this freak accident ever happens again. Can you imagine what a second lawsuit for this same thing would pay out.

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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:18 AM
Well with all due respect, you technically can't be convicted of the same crime twice ;) (double jeopardy) lol
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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:33 AM
Don't you think that relocating the attraction in hopes that no one realizes its history is a little unethical?
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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:38 AM
Seriously, what's the difference between this ride, and Superman Power of Tower at SFStL? There is clearly no difference except maybe the year, and the paint colors. It's just called little funding for SFKK.

Six Flags doesn't give the maintenance department enough money to operate this ride. Those cables are checked regularly, and if they are tearing, they should be replaced. This is not the only time a ride like this tore it's cable. I remember seeing a video of another Intamin Generation Drop 2 probably in another country have it's cable ripped.

No one was on the ride, but they showed it dangling. This was before the SFKK accident. I'm positive it wasn't SFKK even though I know about this accident. I thought it was a fluke. Than, this happens, and I say forget that ride now. To me, it's a good ride, and it's not worth riding that ride if it's just a good ride.

These rides do cost a lot of money though for what they are, and what lines they get. It's like buying a roller coaster that's not a roller coaster. You talk about frivilous spending. Buying these rides, and those S&S Super Shot huge humongous rides were frivilous. These rides didn't need to go that high up.

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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:40 AM
No, they would fix any issues that may exist. Even if they do that at the existing park, people will still point at it and say - that's the ride that cut off someone's foot. It's a psychology thing - you can tell them we fixed it and it's safe, but it's still difficult to get over it. Moving it to a different park removes the stigma that it might not deserve. (This is all assumming they actually do correct any problems)
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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:42 AM
^^We don't know the actual cause of the accident. We know the cable broke, but not why. Isn't it a bit soon to be blasting KK's maintenance?
*** Edited 11/30/2007 3:42:28 PM UTC by GoliathKills***
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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:45 AM

Top Thrill Dragster said:
Don't you think that relocating the attraction in hopes that no one realizes its history is a little unethical?

Perhaps, but it's not like it hasn't been done before.

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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:54 AM
^Taking it to "The Edge", Rob? ;)


edit: Given that SF used this most unfortunate accdent to blame for attendance dips chain-wide, it would be kinda surprising to see them reconstruct the ride elsewhere. I could see how it might (would?) have affected SFKK specifically, but not chain-wide or industry-wide.

Frankly, if the ride has been fixed and inspected properly, and is routinely maintained and re-inspected, there SHOULD be no issues. Realistically, no one at the receiving park would know the ride's origins or history.

*** Edited 11/30/2007 3:56:54 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Friday, November 30, 2007 10:56 AM
Yup... unethical as it may be to do that ;)
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Friday, November 30, 2007 11:11 AM
I thought someone pointed out in here before that this was sort of a Version 2.0 of the Intamin drop towers, and everyone else is V2.1 or higher - The cables in this drop tower were different than the other ones, like two cables instead of three, different setup with catch car, etc?
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Friday, November 30, 2007 11:21 AM
What have the other parks done with their drop towers (GA, Carow, CW, SFGA) to make sure nothing like this ever happens again?

Im not even sure I want to hop back on one of these.

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Friday, November 30, 2007 11:58 AM
I knew this was coming. I told myself that if they did remove it I wouldn't be back to the park until they get something nice in the coaster department....like a Balder or a mini B&M hyper, but since that won't be happening, I'll just wait to go to KI in 2009. ;)
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Friday, November 30, 2007 1:29 PM
I personally don't see a need to remove the ride. They probably just had a defective cable that wore out before it should, and it's really nothing to do with the ride itself.

I'm guessing that once the inspectors are done with it, it'll pop up in another Six Flags park somewhere with a new name and paint job.

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