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Cedar Point Gatekeeper 2013 B&M Wing Rider

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#876 Andrew Rybarczyk

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Posted Yesterday, 04:31 PM

I think CP has once again gotten lucky that this wasn't worse. Pics from last night:

@COASTERnet: “@wkyc: Photos from a CP guest who was on Skyhawk with his two kids when the cable broke: http://t.co/VxIU4Y79Os http://t.co/3TCmyu9EoD


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#877 Andrew Rybarczyk

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Posted Yesterday, 05:46 PM

So the cable broke towards the top. If I'm looking at this correctly it looks like a static cable used for stability. If that's correct this is just a freak incident since the cable shouldn't be experiencing motions from the drive cable. I'm also not sure how much stress is actually put on those cables during each ride cycle. Maybe one of our engineering friends can analyze these and paint a better picture of how these cables are used.

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#878 CFGuy

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Posted Yesterday, 05:54 PM

Yeah, it wasn't the drive cable as I pointed out yesterday. So many of the people on FB demanding to "tear it down" think the two incidents are related when, in reality, it was two different aspects of the ride. 

The reason the ride didn't stop immediately during the e-stop is because a sudden stop would've caused the cable to whip around even more, causing more damage and potentially more serious injuries. Gravity stopped the ride.

Totally unrelated to last year's incident and it will definitely be looked into. Very freak and just a stability wire. Still heavy and can still be dangerous. It usually doesn't face tons of stress, but it does face some. And, just like other ride parts, are subject to possible issues.


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#879 drachenfirebgw

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Posted Yesterday, 10:12 PM

I think absolutely no knowledge or consideration goes into Facebook comments in general.  Therefore, I don't think those who comment would care to know the difference.  They would still cry "tear it down" no matter how much they knew. 

 

I'm glad this wasn't worse as it could have been.  It seems it was handled properly.  Several of the notable accidents in the past 10-15 years have had to do with flying cables.  Part of innovation means you have to deal with failure within innovation.  I'm not saying SkyHawk is a failure.  I'm pointing to the obvious that some of its technology failed.


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