According to Theme Park Insider member Jason Herrera, this is not the first time that a rider has been injured on this type of carnival ride. In Orlando, Fla. in 2002, a 13-year-old boy sustained a broken leg and a broken hip after a safety net failed to move into position after he jumped. The Orlando ride was being exhibited as part of the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Trade Show.
Riders on these attractions, called the "Adrenaline Drop" at the Orange County Fair, are placed in a metal cage with a bungee strapped around their waists. The cage is raised by a crane and the single rider is then dropped through a trap door in the cage to safety nets more than 100 feet below.
Witnesses in the Orange County incident told sheriff's deputies that the upper safety net failed to stop the woman, who hit safety padding below the second net. The victim, Aidyl Sofia-Gonzalez, suffered no apparent external injuries, but was taken to a local hospital for observation.
I remember the IAAPA incident in Orlando. We were walking along the trade floor. When we came to the ride it was roped off with police tape. Wha is really frightening was the year before at IAAPA when they were demonstrating the ride outside dropping people from a basket hanging from a crane! YIKES
Yes they are. The one in Orlando was only about 40 ft high as it was indoors.
This one in Costa Mesa was around 110-140 feet high.
To say the woman injured in Costa Mesa is VERY lucky would be an understatement!
Also, still no word on the woman's injuries, if any.
Here is the Los Angeles Times version of the story.