A Roller Coaster Malfunction Left Riders Suspended Upside Down for 2 Hours

Amusement park goers at Universal Studios Japan were suspended in the air on the Flying Dinasour rollercoaster for over two hours midway through the 1,100 metre ride. In September previous year, more than 30 passengers were stuck when the ride suddenly stopped, according to NHK.

In a statement released by the theme park, it informed about no injuries being reported among about 60 passengers on the Jurassic Park-inspired Flying Dinosaur roller coaster after two carriages suddenly got stuck at around 4:45 p.m.

One carriage stopped just before the end of the 1,202-yard ride, while the other stopped on an upward track almost 100 feet in the air.

NHK reported that an emergency stop was made after a safety device detected an abnormality. A 42-year-old woman from the city of Hiroshima, visiting with her three children, said, "It's scary to think (about) if we had been on board".

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"It's already a terrifying ride, so I want them to operate it safely", another woman, who rode the ride shortly before it stalled, told the Times.

The theme park was crowded on Tuesday with visitors due to Japan's Golden Week holidays from late April to Sunday. "I don't want to ride it anymore".

Riding a roller coaster can be exhilarating, but a few thrillseekers in Japan got more excitement than they bargained for. The ride was launched in March 2016, with the highest point hitting 37 meters above the ground.

  • Regina Walsh