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Singapore Ferris wheel stays shut pending accident probe

31.12.2008 19:30
Singapore’s observation Ferris wheel will remain shut pending a probe into a fire that caused it to break down

Singapore’s observation Ferris wheel will remain shut pending a probe into a fire that caused it to break down


The world’s biggest observation wheel will remain shut pending a probe into a fire that led to a break down while 173 passengers were suspended mid-air, for six hours Singapore police said Thursday.



A fire in the control room of the Singapore Flyer late Tuesday caused the shutdown that left passengers, including tourists, trapped for about six hours.

“There was apparently a fire that caused damage to the Flyer’s control system,” Singapore police said in a statement.

It said the Flyer would resume operations once its structural and mechanical system had been certified safe by an internationally recognized body.

The power cut was the fourth such incident since the wheel opened earlier this year.

At 165 meters (540 feet), the Singapore Flyer is 30 meters taller than the London Eye.


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