Flying amusement park ride in India kills 2, injures dozens

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • On Sunday, two people died and about 30 others were injured after an amusement park ride broke and plunged to the ground, according to reports.
  • The incident took place at the Kankaria Theme Park in Ahmedabad where the ride named ‘Discovery’ snapped in two while it was about 20 feet above the ground.
  • Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel confirmed that from the 31 people on board, 2 died while 27 others were taken to the hospital for treatment.

A swinging amusement park ride that snapped in half and crashed to the ground in India on Sunday left two people dead and roughly 30 people injured, according to reports.

The Times of India reported that the tragedy occurred at 5:40 pm (local time) at Kankaria Theme Park in Ahmedabad. While flying through the air, the ride called ‘Discovery’ broke in half while it was about 20 feet off the ground, hurtling to the ground with some riders seated on the left side of the ride crashing directly into a bar. The two deceased victims were named as -Manali Rajvadi, 24, and Mohammed Zaid Momin, 22, while three people were critically injured, reported the news outlet.

According to the Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel confirmed that of the total 31 people on board when disaster struck, 29 were rushed to the hospital, where two died while 27 others are undergoing treatment. “An inquiry will be conducted to ascertain as to what went wrong, and steps against those responsible for the fault will be taken soon,” added Patel.

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation chief fire officer M.F. Dastoor also told the Times that the Forensic Science Laboratory is investigating why the pipe of the ride’s main shaft broke.

The incident was caught on video and shared on social media. It showed the ride moving normally at the start of the clip. But then after about 30 seconds, the ride was shown swinging to the right with the steel pipe that holds the riders breaking in half. As the ride hit the metal bar, a loud crash was heard as it plunged down to the platform.

According to the Ahmedabad Mirror, the ride is owned by father-son duo Ghanshyam Patel and Bhavesh Patel who said that for the past four years, their equipment has been continuously inspected and have received clearance from authorities on their maintenance, police, fire NOC and other documents.

Aside from taking all possible care with their rides and allowing only riders over 12 years of age, Ghanshyam also added that probably “there was  load on the pipe” because they don’t know how “two very strong 20-ton load-bearing pipes inside could have snapped.”

The tragedy comes just weeks after Fox News reported about 12 people injured after an Indiana amusement park ride broke and plummeted 10 feet to the ground.

 

Source: PEOPLE

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