Faulty part caused Osaka roller coaster incident

Faulty part caused Osaka roller coaster incident

More than 60 thrill-seekers at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka got more than they bargained for on Tuesday (May 1) when the rollercoaster they were riding made an emergency stop, leaving them hanging in the air for up to two hours.

Some 64 visitors to the Osaka theme park were halted about 100ft above the ground on the ride's upward track, while the other carriage stopped shortly before reaching the launch terminal.

After two hours, the passengers were safely rescued by theme park staff and no injuries were reported, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

The park apologised over the incident and said the problem was caused by a motor-regulating device on the rail.

It was an amusement park-goer's worst nightmare.

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But some visitors were apparently horrified by the incident. The last person was stranded for two hours, according to Kyodo news agency.

"It's scary to think if we had been on board".

It says the defective part was replaced and the ride resumed on Tuesday night after a test run.

Universal Studios Japan was packed with holiday-makers at the time - during the country's "Golden Week", where the majority of Japanese workers are given a week off around the end of April due to a cluster of national holidays at that time.

"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.

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