Date
17 August 2017
Technicians check the "No Limits" ride at the AIA Great European Carnival after a safety scare Monday. Photos: Facebook, Apple Daily
Technicians check the "No Limits" ride at the AIA Great European Carnival after a safety scare Monday. Photos: Facebook, Apple Daily

Safety-bar malfunction prompts HK carnival to shut popular ride

Eight people were stuck for up to 20 minutes when a ride malfunctioned at the AIA Great European Carnival in Hong Kong’s Central district on Monday, Apple Daily reported.

However, no one was injured in the incident.

Following the safety scare, engineers from the government’s Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) were called in to examine the ride which is called “No Limits”.

As investigations continue, the ride has been suspended for now, the report said.

Housing a total of eight passengers over two rows, the “No Limits” offers high velocity spin and roll and take riders to as high as ten stories high in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.

At around 4:45 pm Monday, when the ride came to a complete stop, the safety-bar failed to come off and the passengers were trapped as a result. It took technicians 20 minutes to unlock the passengers from their seats.

No one reported feeling unwell, but the amusement park decided to close down the ride for safety precautions.

According to a spokesperson for the carnival operator, the standards of the ride’s safety bars are very high and that they will automatically lock up in the event of any unstable electricity voltage.

The EMSD said the amusement park must conduct thorough inspections of the ride before it can be reopened to the public.

The Great European Carnival, an amusement park brand from the UK, opened in Hong Kong on Dec. 23 last year. It is scheduled to run until Feb. 22.

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