Operator says Antrim ride collapses due to ‘misuse of equipment’ by teens

The operators of an Antrim theme park said the collapse of one of its rides yesterday was due to “misuse of equipment” by teenagers at the attraction.

The Star Flyer amusement park ride at the Planet Fun in Carrickfergus collapsed yesterday evening, injuring six people.

Fun Planet said That a preliminary investigation by the Health and Safety Executive has cleared the way for reopening and that the device “does not have any mechanical defects.”

“All Planet Fun sessions will proceed as usual,” she said, however, the Star Flyer flight will remain closed until further safety checks are in place.

The amusement park operator said yesterday’s incident was caused by “the misuse of equipment by the behavior of several teenagers at the attraction” but did not explain how the incident happened. She added that the incident would be further investigated by PSNI.

Source: PA

“The swift actions our staff took to end the flight prevented further casualties,” Planet Fun said in a statement.

“At this time we cannot comment further on the incident but we express our thoughts and best wishes to the people who were injured.”

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Emergency services were called to the scene just before 6pm yesterday after they received reports of a flight crash.

Among those taken to the hospital were four children. Understandably, their injuries are not life-threatening.

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