Girl, 14, killed in fall from drop tower
(February 24, 2012) - At Hopi Hari theme park in São Paulo, Brazil, a 14-year-old girl was killed after falling 80-90 feet from a drop tower named "La Tour Eiffel."
"La Tour Eiffel" features cars which are hoisted to the top of a 224-foot tall tower and then drop 129 feet, reaching speeds of near 60 miles per hour. The cars are floorless, open-air cabins, and allow the riders' legs to dangle beneath them throughout the ride. Electromagnetic brakes bring the cars to a gradual stop at the base of the tower.
According to early reports from witnesses, the girl fell forward as the car was in free fall, and landed face down on the pavement at the base of the tower. She died as she was being rushed to a local hospital.
The ride has been shut down indefinitely while police investigate the accident.
In 1999, a twelve-year-old boy was killed after he fell out of a similar ride at Paramount's Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California. The cause of that accident was never determined.
Also the same model of Intamin Giant Drop that was involved in the Kentucky Kingdom accident.