Wednesday 7 December 2016

Rio overhead camera crash inquiry says negligence was factor

Published 26/11/2016 | 18:26

An overhead camera fell from wires suspending it over Olympic Park in Rio (AP)
An overhead camera fell from wires suspending it over Olympic Park in Rio (AP)

Negligence contributed to an overhead camera at the Rio Olympics crashing to the ground three months ago, injuring eight people, an inquiry says.

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The camera was being used by the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) to provide aerial shots of the main Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro.

Five people named in the police investigation have been charged with "bodily injury."

Three were employed by a contractor hired by OBS, one by OBS, and one was working with the local Olympic organising committee.

The report says the camera was originally suspended by three cables. It said one snapped, leaving the camera suspended by two cables for 45-60 minutes.

It said the five people named "had the responsibility to prevent the result" that occurred.

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