I think that most parks will just run a few days worth of strenuous test then just re-open. What should happen? they should wait until a determination of the SFKK ride is out. Then look at that flaw to determine if the others may have a similar fate.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Every piece of mechanical equipment is rated to last a certain amount of use before it has to be maintained, repaired or replaced. Your car needs oil every few thousand miles. The tires need to be rotated, then replaced. Amusement park rides are the same. Every certain number of rides, certain parts need to be lubed, rotated and replaced.
When the investigation finds the initial part that failed, someone can check the maintenance records for that part to see if it was within its scheduled life and had been maintained properly. If not, that becomes a huge problem for SFKK, but a bit of a relief for everyone else running this model of ride. If they have followed recommended maintenance procedures, then their rides should be okay and they can reopen.
If the part was in complaince on maintenance, then life gets more complicated. Is there a design flaw in the ride that put unexpected stress on the part? Was there a manufacturing flaw in this specific part? Was the part improperly installed? Or was their some external factor?
You can rotate your tires on schedule, but if you run over a nail, you still might need to replace it early. One can't yet rule out some similar freak occurance here. Could someone have dropped something, such as a cell phone, which ricocheted into the mechanism, causing the cable to snap? If that then turns out to be the case, one has to consider design changes to protect the ride mechanism from such intrusions. Or changing operations procedures to keep riders from bringing loose objects on the ride. Or both.
The smart thing for parks to do here to show the public how they will move heaven and earth to investigate and ensure the safety of their rides. Closing these models during the investigation is an appropriate first step.
While I hate to see all these drop towers closed, I have to say that I really hope it turns out to be a flawed part rather than an overall maintenance issue. Parks are getting a little extra grief this year, and the last thing the industry needs is for a large chain to get dinged for faulty maintenance. Between this and X-Coaster a few weeks back, I've had my fill of bad park stories (and that's not considering the ones that don't make the national news like Magnum XL-200's love bump, Raging Wolf Bobs' derailment, and Timber Tower's 3-hour ride).
The industry needs some good news. I just hope they've done what they need to do to deserve it.
Erick, the car began to climb up the tower and about half way up the tower is when the cable snapped and the car began to fall, once it was close to the bottom of the tower the brakes slowed the car down like it was supposed to.
It's really sad to hear of things like this happening... I hope they managed to reattach her feet.
Is TOT down or operated with the same type of system as this ride??
I was watching the news yesterday and fell asleep. Did they close down all the Six Flags droping rides (like Giant Drop at SFGA. I only heard the promo for it and I wished I could have seen it. Is it true?
Typically, when something like this goes wrong with something in close contact with people, it was the result of human error. It might be possible that Six Flags did not follow guidelines. Like Robert was saying, you have to change your tires. Materials go through so many tests before they're deemed safe, but they still wear, especially when it's something as rigorous as a high speed attraction.
Basically, I don't think the girl or the manufacturer are to blame in the slightest. Maybe not even Six Flags. That's why it's a freak accident - it happens very rarely and has no definitive cause. We'll just be waiting on the results of the test.
Hearts out to the girl and her family. What a nightmare.
Am I gonna avoid the Superman? Not likely.
I won't say I'll send prayers to the girl. Fat lotta good prayers do a girl who is now gonna be crippled for life. But I will say, I feel absolutely horrible for her, and if there's a donation system available to give them some money to cover the medical bills or something, I'd gladly do that. If anyone knows of something for said donations, I'd appreciate a link or address.
I just hope her relatives don't see this as a cash opportunity and sue. It's not the fault of either Six Flags or the engineers. This crap just happens with such complicated pieces of machinery; no such thing as 100% reliability. A civil lawsuit judge probably wouldn't see it that way.