Improper testing caused cable car plunge

06-03-2009

Morris Cheung
A report into an accident on the Lantau cable car system in 2007 has concluded that improper operation of the brakes was to blame. An empty gondola fell 50 meters onto a hillside while the brakes were being tested. The report from a panel of experts said there'd been excessive deceleration, causing the gondolas to oscillate and the cable to swing. One of the gondolas was thrown upwards, derailing it from the cable. The managing director of the operator, Morris Cheung, said they had increased the reliability of the cable car system over the past year. Yesterday, negligence charges against two executives of the former operator were dropped. The former operator itself was fined HK$5,000 over the incident.


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