Skyline ride at Indianapolis Zoo reopens after June malfunction that trapped 5 people in the air

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 15:16:15-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Zoo Skyline ride reopened Friday after it was shut down following a malfunction last month that left five passengers trapped.

Skyline is a slow-moving, gondola-style ride that offers high views of the zoo.

The zoo said the ride has undergone rigorous evaluation by engineers since the June 19 incident. It was found that all safety and security systems engaged when a small drive bolt sheared.

Due to the incident, technicians will be adding a daily check of all wheel bolts to their daily safety checks on the ride.

This wasn’t the first time Skyline has malfunctioned. Two years ago in 2015, the ride stopped working several times while guests were onboard.

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The ride can climb up to 50 feet into the air, according to Indianapolis Zoo officials.

Zoo officials said the ride was last also inspected in May of this year and no safety violations were reported at that time either.

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