Singapore Flyer Horror

Posted: December 24, 2008 in World
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Singapore Flyer

The super sleek and the world’s largest observation wheel that overlooked the country’s panoramic view named the Singapore Flyer will be closed to entries until further investigations been done after the Tuesday incident, reported on Channel NewsAsia.

For 6 hours 173 passengers were stranded after an electrical problem occur on its drive unit number 1, north unit, which caused several electrical supplies to be cut at around 4.50pm.

Since the electrical power is off, passengers were trapped isolated and unlike the normal ferris wheel where passengers were hang in open air, the Singapore Flyer had fixed ‘capsules’ as passengers can walk around and enjoy the scenic view when their capsule is moving slowly.

And since the air conditioning system were off too, the air ventilators had to be opened so as to accommodate of the hot temperature set of the evening sun.

Over the occurrence, some complained of dizziness and even a case of vomitting happened.

Few passengers were lowered down to safety in a sling-like device from one of the observation capsules and atleast 5 passengers were lifted through the hatch on top of each capsule and winched to the ground by a private rescue firm engaged by Singapore Flyer before the power surge problem is settled at around 10.50pm.

Passenger Rescuing Team

The 28 sleek looking capsules about the size of a city bus can hold up to 28 people, and passengers can walk around during the slowly moving ride.

The Singapore Flyer, worth about S$240 million (US$171 million), was a private venture backed mainly by German investors and built by Mitsubishi Corp and Takenaka Corp of Japan.

Singapore based Great Wheel Corp is also building wheels in Beijing and Berlin, which will edge out the Singapore Flyer as the world’s biggest when they begin turning in about two years, the chairman of Singapore Flyer, Florian Bollen, said before the attraction opened.

Singapore Flyer has reimbursed all affected passengers for their tickets and is making alternative transport arrangements for travellers who missed their flights to Europe and coaches to Malaysia.

A ride on the 165 meter tall wheel, about 42 storeys high, typically takes half an hour and each capsule can take up to 28 people.

Since the Flyer became operational in February this year, this is the third time it has encountered problems.

The last time a technical glitch occurred was just three weeks ago, on December 4. The wheel was stuck for nearly five hours due to extreme weather conditions and some 70 people were affected. In July, the Flyer stopped due to a minor fault in the braking system.

P/S: For someone who’s afraid of heights, this event will maybe succumbed me of not even getting to the 5th floor of my faculty for the rest of my life. Fewh!

  1. have a great holiday.

    Indie Genius Productions

  2. The horror lies not in the stoppage of the flyer. The horror lies in the long delays in rescue and the crude rescue method. Would not a clear head help to realize that the flyer is but a wheel that can be turn, perhaps by one of the remaining motor or even by external means?

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