A FAIRGROUND ride that left a young woman hospitalised with “serious injuries” appears to be the same model involved in a fatal 2014 accident.
A young woman was rushed to hospital this evening after she was catapulted from the Airmaxx 360 at Hull Fair – but Sun Online can reveal that an eight-year-old girl died after being flung ten metres off a ride named as Airmaxx 360 ride in Adelaide, Australia five years ago.
Little Adelene Leong, who was on holiday from her native Malaysia was thrown ten metres from her seat while riding an Airmaxx 360 in 2014.
She looked like a doll flying through the air
She suffered critical injuries from the fall and was rushed to hospital, but tragically was unable to be saved.
Court documents reveal several shocking blunders -like safety inspectors not checking seat belts – had occurred in the days leading up to her death.
A spokesperson for SafeworkSA – in charge of the safety of event the ride had been at – said no complaints about the ride had been made before the incident.
They added the investigation would look into whether ride operators complied with safety and legal obligations, but no compliance breaches were detected when the ride was inspected before the Show.
Safe is Safe Pty Ltd and Queensland director Hamish Grant Munro, 57, who approved the safety of the ride before the show, are facing a landmark health and safety prosecution over the tragedy.
The Adelaide Advertiser reports the ride was subsequently shut down for the remainder of the event.
According to witness reports at the time, the eight-year-old appeared to have slipped out of her seat.
A woman named as Mrs. Dunwoodie said: “She was hanging by her legs off the ride, trying to block herself.
“She went flying through the air about ten to 15m up in the air and I started sprinting towards her.
“I was shaking so much, she looked like a doll flying through the air.”
Hull Fair tonight confirmed that it was an Airmaxx 360 – which appears to be the same ride involved in Adelene’s death – that the victim was flung from at the Hull Fair.
However, when pressed for comment on the connection between the Australian death-trap ride and the one involved in the Hull accident the fair declined to comment.
They said: “Hull City Council stated: No comments at this time. An investigation is in progress.”
A young woman is reported to have been hurled “ten to 15 feet” from the Airmaxx 360, smashing into a teenage boy and a separate ride.
In a statement earlier today, Humberside Police confirmed that a woman had been injured falling from a ride.
They said: “A woman has been taken to hospital for treatment after falling from a ride at Hull Fair this evening Monday 7 October.
“It’s believed she fell from one ride onto the base of a nearby ride and injured herself. It also appears a teenager who was on the ground also received minor injuries.
“Both rides have been closed while officers and health and safety officials from Hull City Council work together to establish what happened.”
Chief Inspector Paul Kirby, Tactical Commander for Hull Fair said: “A woman has sadly been seriously injured this evening at Hull Fair and taken to hospital by ambulance.
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“We do not believe her injuries are life threatening or life changing.
“A teenage boy was struck by the woman as she fell. He thankfully only sustained minor injuries.
“We have very well established plans in place with the council for any incident like this at the fair, and I want to thank everyone for their patience while we deal with this.”
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