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London's Emirates Air Line breaks down

Around 60 people stranded for 40 minutes on Dubai airline-branded cable car

London's Emirates Air Line breaks down
Emirates Air Line: Currently not flying high (AFP/Getty Images).

Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car, broke down on Wednesday following a technical fault, leaving more than 60 people stranded 300 ft above the River Thames in London.

The technical fault occurred when the cable car broke down at 11.45am London time, but was fixed by 12.18pm. The incident left passengers stuck above the iconic river for around 40 minutes after starting the five-minute crossing, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

Opened last month, Dubai-based Emirates Airline signed an AED204m (US$55.5m), ten-year sponsorship deal in October to rebrand the cable car service, the most expensive system of its kind.

The 1.1km cable line can carry up to 2,500 passengers per hour in each direction and offers views across the City of London, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the Thames Barrier and the Olympic Park.

“The Emirates Air Line is now back up and running after experiencing a technical fault at 11:45am. All passengers were safely back in the terminal by 12:18pm and water and first aid were made available to them. We would like to apologise to anyone affected,” Danny Price, head of Emirates Air Line was quoted as saying in the report.

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