Updated December 16th, 2023 at 21:46 IST
WATCH: Horrifying video of riders left hanging upside down in Japan's rollercoaster
A heart-stopping moment unfolded when a rollercoaster ride turned into a nightmare for theme park guests after it malfunctioned.
A heart-stopping moment unfolded when a rollercoaster ride turned into a nightmare for theme park guests after it malfunctioned, leaving riders hanging upside down at a height of 150ft. In the terrifying footage, 32 passengers dangled upside down on the Universal Studios' Flying Dinosaur coaster ride in Osaka, Japan, after it experienced a glitch while midway on Thursday, December 14.
Japan: Amusement park ride turns from thrill to fear
The amusement park reported that the packed ride made an emergency stop around 10.55 am (local time). The incident occurred when the ride had reached its peak height of 150ft. Taking to Twitter, one of the X users wrote, " A heart-stopping moment unfolded at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on December 14, as a roller coaster abruptly halted, leaving 32 riders suspended upside down over 30 meters above the ground."
While another one, sharing the same video, wrote, " Personally, I have been afraid of heights since childhood."
In the footage, terrified thrill-seekers looked up in horror while hanging upside-down on the ride inspired by Jurassic Park. Universal Studios Japan reported that staff members rescued all the people on board, using emergency stairs to bring them down, as per Asahi newspaper.
The evacuation took 45 minutes, with staff confirming that nobody suffered injuries or felt unwell. “Our staff followed safety procedures and guided passengers to a safe place,” said the representative on Friday (Dec 14), adding that the ride was closed for inspection. According to Nikkei newspaper, the amusement park stated, "A sensor detecting abnormalities was activated, and the system stopped."
After conducting tests for an hour and a half, engineers deemed the ride safe, allowing other thrill-seekers to board. The operating system couldn't determine the exact cause of the malfunction. The Flying Dinosaur, inspired by the film Jurassic Park, is one type of rollercoaster.
Published December 16th, 2023 at 21:46 IST