The family of a 13-year-old girl who was tragically killed on Friday afternoon after being thrown from her seat on a spinning amusement park ride will receive 870,000 yuan ($126,000) in compensation.
Following preliminary investigations, the death of Gan Tian has been blamed on a seat belt that suddenly broke, along with improper operation of park rides by park officers at the Zhaohua Culture Park in Chongqing municipality, CGTN reports.
Curiously, the equipment had passed its annual quality inspection just two months ago with no malfunction or defect detected; however, on the website of the Chongqing Municipality Special Equipment Supervision Department, the last listed inspection for the ride was carried out on November 4th, 2013.
Meanwhile, park workers allowed Gan and her 9-year-old cousin to get on the ride, despite regulations against children under 12 or under 120 centimeters boarding the ride which made full 360-degree rotations.
When Gan’s seat belt suddenly broke, the safety bar was not fit snugly enough to her body to prevent her from falling. A viral video shows the girl slipping out of her seat the first time that the ride goes upside down. She is left dangling with one leg still tied to the seat belt. Unfortunately, on the second revolution she is slammed down to the ground.
Afterward, Gan was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.
The following night, Gan’s father signed an agreement with the park, which will pay 870,000 yuan in compensation for his daughter’s tragic death.
Further investigations are still ongoing. The ride has been shut down as have some others in the park. The State Administration for Quality Supervision announced that 18 amusement parks around the country also have the same ride. They have all been closed down.
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