IFD responds to Indianapolis Zoo skyline ride after it gets stuck again

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 30, 2015)– The Indianapolis Zoo’s Skyline ride got stuck again Thursday, causing it to close down.

Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) crews are on the scene to assist people currently on the ride. No injuries were reported.

The Indianapolis Zoo issued the following statement:

Today around 3pm, the Skyline ride stopped due to a mechanical issue with a gondola’s motor. The Skyline is equipped with multiple safety systems, all of which performed as designed. Shortly after the ride stopped, Zoo staff made contact with the eight guests, including three children, on the two stopped cars. Utilizing the Zoo’s equipment, Zoo staff with assistance from Indianapolis Fire Department are in the process of escorting guests off the ride.

We are in the process of diagnosing the cause of the stop and we will not reopen the ride until we know definitively that the issue has been identified and fixed.

By 5 p.m., all people on board the ride were rescued.

On June 18, the ride shut down because of a problem with a breaker. The technical glitch trapped 10 people on the ride, prompting a rescue from Indianapolis Fire Department crews.

In that case, the zoo blamed the problem on a breaker that was “too sensitive.” The breaker went back to the manufacturer and has since been adjusted.

The ride also malfunctioned back in October after a problem with the gearbox. Six people stranded on the ride were rescued.

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