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Windy weather leaves 24 riders stuck on Abu Dhabi's 'Flying Aces' rollercoaster

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi confirms ride’s safety features activated due to weather conditions

Windy weather leaves 24 riders stuck on Abu Dhabi's 'Flying Aces' rollercoaster

Twenty-four riders were stuck on Flying Aces ride on Friday after ride’s safety features activated due to weather conditions at the time, but rescued safely, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi said in a statement.

The UAE on Friday witnessed strong winds reaching up to 80 kilometres per hour, which affected sporting events such as Dubai Desert Classic and Dubai Tour, and forced Global Village to be closed temporarily.

In a statement sent to Arabian Business, the company said: “24 guests were safely assisted off the Flying Aces ride on Friday (February 3) after a safety feature stopped the rollercoaster train during the initial ascent at 2:12 pm.

“Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s teams helped each person leave the ride safely and securely down the staircase to the station within an average time of 3.5 minutes each, where they  were well looked after,” it said.

The company said that with safety being the number one priority for guests and employees, its technical teams conducted an immediate investigation, which confirmed that the ride’s safety features activated due to weather conditions at the time.

The ride resumed normal operation on Saturday, it confirmed.

According to the company website, Flying Aces is a rollercoaster is inspired by the legendary “ace of aces” aviator, Count Francesco Baracca. The world’s highest rollercoaster loop scales 63 metres at a 51-degree incline, hitting speeds of up to 120km/h.

On Friday, strong winds led to a collapse of a construction site crane, with initial reports suggesting one person being injured in the incident.

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