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Saturday 3 December 2016

Beijing rollercoaster riders stuck upside down for 18 minutes

Published 20/03/2016 | 11:06

Beijing was the scene of an emergency when a bird caused a rollercoaster to stop, leaving riders hanging upside down for almost 20 minutes
Beijing was the scene of an emergency when a bird caused a rollercoaster to stop, leaving riders hanging upside down for almost 20 minutes

Rollercoaster riders at one of Beijing's major amusement parks were left hanging upside down for almost 20 minutes when a bird stood on one of the ride's safety sensors.

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The Happy Valley Amusement Park in the Chinese capital said it took 18 minutes to bring the 26 riders to safety during the incident on Saturday. The rollercoaster was back in operation later in the day.

The park said a bird landed on the sensor, activating an emergency procedure, immediately stopping the roller coaster as it travelled upward.

The Happy Valley park describes the ride on its website as "the feeling of flying like a bird".

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