Visitors were stunned after one of Playland’s attractions malfunctioned, with passengers still on the ride.
On Tuesday afternoon, “The Beast,” a swinging pendulum ride was stopped in mid-air, with more than a dozen riders still on it.
i was on the beast today at #playland when the ride appeared to have mechanical issues, starting to shake and make abnormal noises. staff took it well and got everyone off in a safe manner but i still smell like motor oil. if anybody has video footage of what happened please send
— mckenna misses nct (@mckennagenevi) August 12, 2019
Visitors at the amusement park also say that oil started pouring from the attraction, spilling on some of the riders.
According to a statement from Playland, staff members stopped the ride because of “a parts issue resulting in a loud noise while the ride was running.” Playland also notes that there were no reported injuries and that all rides have “built-in safety features” in case of mechanical issues.
“During today’s ride shut down, the ride operations team maintained proper safety protocols and our Guest Experience team was made available to address questions and concerns. In regards to the oil that dripped onto some guests from above, we apologize for that and are dealing with guests on a case by case basis. The oil used is not toxic and product safety and cleaning information has been supplied to guests affected.”
Previous closures of Playland’s “The Beast”
The pendulum ride will be closed over the next few days as parts are replaced and the ride is inspected by engineers and safety consultants.
This isn’t the first time that “The Beast” has experienced a closure either.
In 2017, the attraction was closed for supplemental safety inspections, after an accident in Ohio that resulted in the death of one and injuries for several others. The accident involved a ride made by KMG, the same company that manufactured “The Beast.”
Playland says, however, that their attraction is not the same as the model related to the incident in Ohio and that the 2017 closure was “out of an abundance of caution.”
— PNE Events / Playland (@PNE_Playland) August 13, 2019