Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby lucazferrazCBMR » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:48 am

I just talked to another park that owns an Intamin Drop Tower. The seat belt is required by Intamin.

The ride operator is supposed to check every restraint and seat belt, yes. But he might not have done that.

even in US, I've been to several parks where operators just don't care about checking restraints..

I'm really looking forward to the results of the investigation.

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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:56 am

robbalvey wrote:
joco07 wrote:ohhhhh my, That's terrible! I'm beginning to think that these Drop Towers are not very safe anymore.....

Using that logic, don't ever get in a car again! Have you seen how many people die in cars EVERY SINGLE DAY?!?!?! They aren't safe!!!!


I always use the car argument when people try and tell me that rides are unsafe. It's very irritating.

Keep in mind, joco07, the only reason why we are hearing about this news is BECAUSE it rarely happens. After the Costa Concordia accident, people were all up in arms saying they will never go on a cruise again. WHY?! Accidents are so rare, hence why it was big news!!! I also hear people say that airplanes aren't safe. Again, the only reason why we hear about plane crashes and what not is because they just don't happen that often, so when they do, IT IS NEWS.

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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby lucazferrazCBMR » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:12 am

The police technicians released the first update on the Hopi Hari accident. They didn't find any mechanical failure on the ride. Now they are investigating human failures.
Still, they have a huge question to answer: how did the girl fall if the restraint is working properly?

The final report on the investigation will be released in 30 days.

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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby SharkTums » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:51 pm

lucazferrazCBMR wrote:The police technicians released the first update on the Hopi Hari accident. They didn't find any mechanical failure on the ride. Now they are investigating human failures.
Still, they have a huge question to answer: how did the girl fall if the restraint is working properly?

The final report on the investigation will be released in 30 days.


Very interesting, please keep us posted. Humans are remarkable creatures, they can really do lots of odd things, some of which result in death.

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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby robbalvey » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:52 pm

SharkTums wrote:Humans are remarkable creatures, they can really do lots of odd things, some of which result in death.

And some of which results in the most amazing pornography I've ever seen...but that's a thread for another time! ;) :butt: :lover:
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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby Garet » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:32 am

saw this on screamscape, the video is worth a watch.

This video shows the ride being tested by inspectors during the investigation.



MOD EDIT: To be more descriptive, this video does not show the accident.

MOD EDIT: Link removed, no longer points to the video
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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby UnderCoverDrummer1 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:51 am

I don't understand how there was no mechanical failure found when the video clearly shows the restraint opening right up...

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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby lucazferrazCBMR » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:58 am

Jesus Christ! That's really scary!

The thing is:
The police inspected, at first, the wrong seat. That's why they didn't find any mechanical problem. Then, they realized the girl was seating in an out-of-order seat and took a new look at the ride.
That restraint used to be lock all the time. For some reason, that day, it was unlocked. So the operator called his supervisor and said "the forbidden seat is unlocked" to wich, the supervisor replyied "ok, I'll the maintenance. Keep the ride running". (this is on the police information, I'm not making it up).

Well, if the operator new that seat was forbidden and maintenance was on the way, why the hell, did he let the girl seat overthere?

That is the question that must be answered.

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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby andyuk200523 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:59 am

:wtf: OMG that is a shocking video, now I completely understand that this will end up being a mix of "Operator Error" and "Mechanical Malfunction" But I now wonder how long this Giant Drop will be at Hopi Hari for before reduced ridership gets it removed. I have to say I would be doubtful about riding it after seeing that video, and ordinarily I love Freefalls!
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Re: Hopi Hari Theme Park 2011 - Brazil

Postby lucazferrazCBMR » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:41 am

That seat had beeing closed for 10 years, since they found out a taller person, sitting overthere, would hit the scenery around the tower with his foot (that's what the park's attorney said, actually confirming an old urban legend).

so I guess they just didn't do maintenance on it. Also accoarding to the attorney, the restraint was supposed to be locked down, so no one would sit on it.

Questions that must be asked:

Why did not the park seal that restraint?
Why was the restraint unlocked that day?
Why, even though the operator knew the seat was broken, he let her ride there?
Why, even though the girl's mother warned him about the lack of the seat belt, he let the girl ride?

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