• Short Summary

    ONE ATTRACTION NOT ON THE PROGRAMME AT THE OPENING OF EXPO '70 IN OSAKA, JAPAN, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH) WAS THE RESCUE OF EIGHTY PEOPLE FROM TWO CAPSIZED OVERHEAD GONDOLAS.

  • Description

    ONE ATTRACTION NOT ON THE PROGRAMME AT THE OPENING OF EXPO '70 IN OSAKA, JAPAN, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH) WAS THE RESCUE OF EIGHTY PEOPLE FROM TWO CAPSIZED OVERHEAD GONDOLAS.

    ASIA'S FIRST AND THE WORLD'S BIGGEST EXPOSITION IN THE ONE-HUNDRED-AND-NINETEEN-YEAR HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIRS HAD BEEN DECLARED OFFICIALLY OPEN BARELY AN HOUR BY EMPEROR HIROHITO, WHEN THE ALARM WAS SOUNDED.

    THE EIGHT-THOUSAND SPECIAL GUESTS FROM THE SEVENTY-SEVEN NATIONS REPRESENTED WERE CAUGHT UNAWARES BY THE URGENT WAILING OF A SIREN AND THE APPEARANCE OF RESCUE UNITS FROM ALL POINTS OF THE 815-ACRE SITE.

    AN APPARENT ELECTRICAL OVERLOAD CAUSED THE ACCIDENT WHEN A GIANT FERRIS WHEEL SUDDENLY STOPPED, CAPSIZING TWO GONDOLAS IN PRECARIOUS POSITIONS HIGH ABOVE THE MAIN PLAZA.

    TRAPPED OCCUPANTS, FEARING THEIR UNSTABLE "CABINS" WOULD PLUNGE TO THE GROUND, SOON PANICKED -- THEIR SCREAMS FOR HELP, URGING RESCUERS TO MOVE FASTER. NOT THAT THERE WAS, IN FACT, AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THEIR SAFETY OR FEAR THAT THE GONDOLAS WOULD BREAK LOOSE.

    ONE BY ONE, THE OCCUPANTS WERE GENTLY LOWERED TO THE GROUND -- AN OPERATION WHICH TOOK RESCUERS FOUR HOURS TO COMPLETE. THE EIGHTY PEOPLE CONCERNED WERE LITTLE THE WORSE FOR THE EXPERIENCE, AND SOON RETURNED TO THE TASK OF LOOKING OVER THE EXPOSITION, ONLY THIS TIME BY FOOT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADABQ3T6FP9KF7GPVLT10VHDXL
    Media URN:
    VLVADABQ3T6FP9KF7GPVLT10VHDXL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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