Saturday, December 27, 2008

Singapore Flyer Strands 173 People for Six Hours, Makes Me Reconsider Riding It



In Singapore, the world's largest Ferris Wheel named the Flyer. The view from the Singapore Flyer, which measures 492 feet tall, is supposed to be astounding, But after fires broke out in the control room, it left 173 people were stranded for six hours last night...The 173 people had to be rappelled down from the capsules, starting from those closest to the bottom. Those who had to wait the longest for rescue efforts were given food, water and methods of relieving themselves. According to commenters at the Straits Times, those at the top received virtually nothing—since it was much harder to communicate with ground crews from about 42-stories up.This isn't even the first time the Flyer's broken down since it's grand opening eight months ago. It stopped thanks to a braking system malfunction in July, and got stuck earlier this month for five hours (on Dec. 4) due to bad weather.

So think twice before riding the world largest Erris Wheel.

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