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Postby Homeboy23 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:19 am

How exactly did he fall? Even if the door was opened its not like the ride moves you anywhere, unless a big gust of wind came along.
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Postby jbarner14 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:30 am

^ I'm pretty sure the kicker was the employee. The article explains that he let go and dropped himself down into a landscaped area.
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Postby Homer » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:23 am

I hope he recovers from this and I'm glad this didn't end in death or paralysis. I'm glad he was also looking after guest safety, but couldn't they have E-Stopped or something?

Sounds like better communication between the ops could have prevented this.
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Postby Hotlanta » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:52 am

Here is the AP report:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A University of South Florida football player is recovering at a hospital after falling 35 feet from a ride while working at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

Team officials say 20-year-old Maikon Bonani was working at the Skyride attraction when he fell Saturday. The park did not immediately identify the employee or release his condition.

The park issued a statement saying that after sending a gondola out of the station, the employee thought the door might be unlocked and held onto the door to check it. He hung on as the gondola took off -- authorities say -- then let go about 35 feet above the ground into a landscaped area.

Bonani was listed in fair condition at a hospital. Busch Gardens said no one else was injured.

Bonani was USF's starting kicker.

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Postby Sir Clinksalot » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:36 pm

Uhm, don't they have an E-stop??? There's got to be a better way to stop to ride and make sure the door is closed than grabbing on and holding for dear life.

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Postby Homeboy23 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:54 pm

Oh I read it wrong, I thought he was on the inside.
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Postby Electerik » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:58 pm

^^ It really makes no sense the way it's stated in the article. He hung onto the door because he thought it might not be locked? That's all kinds of stupid.

Possibly an international student based on his name. May not have been working the ride long. Might possibly even be a little bit of a language/training issue. (Though, of course, that's all pure speculation on my part.)

I'm going to say we need more information on this one, in order to make any sense of it.

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Postby PaulMartz37 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:44 pm

Yeah, this seems really weird. Why would an employee hold onto the gondola why it went off? I don't think anyone would hold on as they realized the gondola was leaving the station. What about the guests on the ride?
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Postby larrygator » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:45 pm

Thie is pure speculation on my part.

The ride op tries to grab the door to make sure it is properly closed, but does this while the car is very close to leaving the station. The car swings toward the ride op then forward momentum from the cable pulls the car forward while the ride op is still holding on to the door. Then a split second later he is already past the edge of the ride platform and still holding on.
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Postby justint87 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:36 pm

Electerik wrote:Possibly an international student based on his name. May not have been working the ride long. Might possibly even be a little bit of a language/training issue. (Though, of course, that's all pure speculation on my part.)


It probably wasn't a language issue because he lived in the US since he was 11.

How it happen, I agree with the post above. He may have been near the edge when he tried to check the door when the momentum of the carriage may have carried him out over the edge where he then hung on.

If anyone has been on the Skyride, you would notice that they do come out fast out of the station once they are release.

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