Fair ride malfunction in Oman injures seven children, one woman

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A fair ride malfunction in Oman’s capital Muscat has left seven children and one woman injured on Tuesday.

The injuries ranged from “medium to light,” according to a statement from Oman’s Civil Defense and Ambulance Authority.

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The incident took place at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center during the Muscat Nights festival.

While the investigation is underway, Muscat Municipality in a three-part statement said that a technical defect caused the accident.

“There are no serious injuries,” the statement affirmed, adding that out of the eight cases, six have returned home while two have been “referred for further examinations.”

Some social media users called on authorities to ensure the safety of rides at the event.

Country-wide laws surrounding safety and security at such events are strict and thoroughly followed up by authorities.

Although rare, a handful of incidents have occurred in the last decade. In 2016, an expatriate boy who fell from a ride at a Muscat amusement park, Marah Land, succumbed to his injuries. An employee was also critically injured.

Oman-neighbor UAE, which also shares stringent safety laws at fairs and events, has some incidents on record.

The latest incident saw passengers on a tall attraction at the annual Global Village fair stranded after the ride malfunctioned, according to local media reports.

The 85-meter ride stopped mid-air, with videos showing the riders being rescued by a crane.

In 2019, an unnamed amusement park in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi was fined $21,780 (AED 80,000) after a young Emirati girl was injured after falling six meters.

The latest fatal accident on record, in 2013, happened when a rod from the ferris wheel at Global Village dropped and killed a man on the ground. The incident resulted in the fun fair being shut for an extended period.

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