Riders of a roller coasters at the Happy Valley Amusement Park in Beijing were left hanging upside down for almost 20 minutes after a bird triggered the ride’s safety sensors and brought the ride to a stop.
According to Sina, the incident took place at around 3:30 p.m. on March 19. 26 riders were aboard the ride when it abruptly stopped at the crest of a hill.
A statement on the website states that a bird landing on one of the sensors triggered an emergency procedure, immediately stopping the ride in its tracks at it traveled uphill. It took 18 minutes to free the stranded riders.
“Shortly after the ride had stopped a member of staff went up to help them, and after about 20 minutes everyone had been brought back down to the ground.” said an eyewitness. “Once they were on the ground, some people looked visibly shaken.”
The theme park industry has been booming in China, with Forbes claiming that the sector has grown at a rate of 11 percent over the past 5 years. Happy Valley Beijing was one of the first high profile theme parks in China and opened in July 2006.
[Images via Sina]