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Chủ Nhật, 5 tháng 6, 2011

Tourists panic as Da Nang outdoor lift gets stuck

The elevator at the Ngu Hanh Son Tourist Area in Da Nang which got stuck yesterday, terrifying occupants
Photo: Tuoi Tre

An elevator along a cliff at a tourist site in Da Nang suddenly got stuck yesterday afternoon, terrifying 23 people inside, including its operator, and causing a few to faint.

The 22 occupants had ascended around 10 meters at the Ngu Hanh Son Tourist Area on Thuy Son Mountain when the malfunction occurred. 

The attendant pressed the emergency button for help, but it took 15 minutes for technicians to bring the lift down manually.
They then had to force the lift door open with crowbars.

Le Thi Hong Nhung of Hanoi, one of the victims, said the lift suddenly stopped though there had been no power outage.
Some of them began to panic, others had breathing difficulties, and a few, including a child, passed out.

All were taken to a local health center for emergency aid and examination. 

The 50-meter-high elevator system was installed at a cost of VND20 billion (US$972,000) by the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism only in late April but it is not the first time it is malfunctioning.

Le Quang Tuoi, head of the tourist area, said the cause of the problem is not known.

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