Video has emerged of thrill seekers at Canada’s Wonderland getting stuck in the air on a stalled ride.
A clip posted to TikTok by user @Airtimeenthusiast shows patrons aboard the Flight Deck rollercoaster, dangling at the top of an incline. The ride, which is meant to stimulate an F-14 fighter jet, goes at speeds up to 80 km/h, and loops upside down five times.
"Yesterday, Flight Deck was stuck at the top of the lift hill for about 25 minutes," the user wrote in the video.
Despite being suspended with their feet dangling from 32 meters (105 feet) in the air, the riders appear to be having a great time. Many of them smiled and waved to the camera.
Thankfully, they weren’t left waiting in the wings, so to speak, for too long.
"Maintenance had to come and manually crank the train up the lift. It was a slow process, but thanks to Wonderland's amazing maintenance team, everyone got off the ride safely," @Airtimeenthusiast added.
Grace Peacock, director of communications for the Vaughan, Ont. amusement park confirmed to Yahoo News Canada that on May 10th, at 4:30 p.m., the rollercoaster stopped on its lift hill. A maintenance team inspected the ride and got it moving again. Guests were safely unloaded from the coaster by 5:15 p.m. and there were no reports of injuries.
In the comment section of the TikTok video, some expressed shock, while others thought it looks like a fun time.
“Imagine having to go through the ride after all of that,” wrote one user.
“No thanks,” wrote another. Another user agreed saying, "never going on that."
“This would have been better than having to ride that coaster,” another user wrote.
According to the park's website, there are several reasons why a rollercoaster might stop suddenly. These include bad weather, or a patron who's taking a phone out, as the park has a strict no-loose-articles policy for their rides.
Additionally, many of the rides at the park have computerized control systems that can asses the state of the ride for speed condition, positions of breaks, pneumatic and/or hydraulic pressures, passenger restraints and other systems related to the safe operation of the structure. That way, if something unexpected happens, the ride will safely stop itself and maintenance staff will be contacted to inspect it.
The rides at the park are monitored by staff on a daily basis, in addition to weekly and monthly inspections. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority also inspects all the rides once a year.