Broken bolt led to fatal accident in Chinese space simulator

Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The fatal amusement park accident in China's south, which killed six and injured 10 earlier this year, was due to a design fault, said an official report released Tuesday. Space Journey, a ride that simulates the conditions of a rocket launch, spun madly out-of-control after a screw bolt between the supporting system of the simulator and the piston rod snapped. Bad design had made checking and maintaining the screw bolt difficult, which resulted in the bolt's wear and tear and eventual break, according to the report by the administrative bureau of work safety of Yantian District of Shenzhen.

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