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LA-area thrill ride leaves passengers dangling 300 feet for hours

Passengers who thought they were going to spend a short time swinging three stories above ground were left dangling for hours after the new, yet troublesome WindSeeker attraction at Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm malfunctioned, the second time it stopped functioning while in operation in less than three weeks.

On September 19, 2012, the WindSeeker thrill ride at Knott's Berry Farm broke down, leaving passengers dangling three stories high for hours.
On September 19, 2012, the WindSeeker thrill ride at Knott's Berry Farm broke down, leaving passengers dangling three stories high for hours.
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The WindSeeker, designed by a company based in the Netherlands, features a total of 32, 2-person gondolas that ascend to a nail-biting height of 301 feet.

Once the ride reaches the top of the tower, passengers are swung around for a 60-second flight at a 45 degree angle and at a speed of eight rotations per minute, creating an exhilarating sense of weightlessness.

Somehow, the ride stopped in mid-flight again, leaving a total of 20 visitors dangling high over the Buena Park theme park for well over three hours, while engineers worked feverishly to fix the problem.

According to the Associated Press, no one was injured and riders were brought back the ground safely.

Some of the jittery passengers' legs and feet were left temporarily numb in the wake of their frightening ordeal, while others were shown experiencing involuntary muscle spasms, reported local television station KTLA.

The last time the ride left passengers stuck in the air over the popular amusement park was on September 7.

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