Riders left dangling for hours as roller-coaster malfunctions at Universal Studios Japan

Posted May 03, 2018

Riders on a Universal Studios Japan roller coaster were stranded for hours "mid-flight" when the coaster malfunctioned.

Amusement park goers at Universal Studios Japan were suspended in the air on the Flying Dinasour rollercoaster for over two hours midway through the 1,100 metre ride.

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One stopped on the upward track, leaving passengers horizontally facing the ground, while the other remained suspended closer to the departure and arrival platform. The excitement to ride Jurassic Park-inspired "Flying Dinosaur" roller coaster was evident from riders' faces. No injuries or casualties were reported. Despite the incident, many people lined up to ride the roller coaster as soon as operations resumed shortly after 7 p.m.

The operator of an amusement park in western Japan says a faulty motor control part is the cause of a recent roller coaster mishap.

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Universal Studios Japan averages more than ten million visitors per year and is one of four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. "I don't want to ride it anymore".

Tuesday's incident was not the first time the ride ran into trouble.

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Two hours later, the park was able to re-start the ride, and despite the events that had just transpired, local news outlet Asahi Shimbun claimed there was still a long line of people wanting to get on the ride.