Funfair Ride Breaks Mid-Air Sending Riders Plummeting

This is the moment the arm of a pendulum funfair ride suddenly snaps mid-air and sends the riders crashing to the ground – killing two and injuring 27.

Story By: Lee BullenSub-Editor: Joseph Golder; Agency: AsiaWire Report;


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The incident was filmed on 14th July at an amusement park in the city of Ahmedabad in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat and was widely shared on social media.

Police spokesperson Vijay Nehra said that the 27 injured people are being treated in hospital, adding: “An inquiry has been ordered. Police, along with a forensic team, reached the spot to find out the reasons behind the accident.”

Ahmedabad mayor Bijal Patel said: “29 people were brought to the hospital out of whom two died while 27 are being treated.”

Reports said that the ride was nearly at maximum capacity at the time and all the victims were adults.

According to local media, the main shaft on the ride, called ‘Discovery’, broke and sent the riders falling to the ground.

Fire brigade spokesperson Dastoor said: “There are 32 seats in the ride that go round. The pipe of the main shaft broke and crashed on the ground.

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“How that pipe broke is a matter of investigation by Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).”

Councillor Baddrudin Sheikh of the Indian National Congress political party blamed the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying: “The ruling BJP failed to ensure regular maintenance. A complaint of negligence should be registered against [the] authorities.”

Mayor Patel said: “An inquiry will be conducted to ascertain as to what went wrong, and steps against those responsible for the fault will be taken soon.”

The investigation continues.

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