Teenager falls off world’s tallest free-fall tower

A 14-year-old boy died after falling from a 131-meter high free-fall tower in Florida, the cause of the accident is unknown.

The accident happened at an amusement park in the city of Orlando, Florida, USA, on March 25. Local police said the victim, 14-year-old Tire Sampson, was taken to the emergency room but died at the hospital due to his injuries.

“At first we thought it was debris from a seat or something, but we found a person lying on the ground when we approached. Everyone was panicking and screaming,” said Montrey Williams, employee at the company. member, said.

Seats at the Orlando Free Fall tower. Photo: Orlando Sentinel.
Seats at the Orlando Free Fall tower. Photo: Orlando Sentinel.

American media reported that the players felt there was a problem with the seat belts. The seats began to fall freely from the top of the tower, before Sampson was thrown from the seat while the device decelerated and fell to the ground from a height of 60 meters.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees extreme games, has launched an investigation and examination of the scene.

The 131-meter-tall Orlando Free Fall tower opened in December 2021 and is described as “the world’s tallest free-fall tower”. The cluster of seats can accept 30 passengers and bring them to the top of the tower, then tilt the player to the ground and free-fall at a speed of 120 km / h.

Park officials announced the indefinite closure of two games at the park, including the Orlando Free Fall. The International Amusement Park Association says the rate of serious injuries while playing stationary stunts in US theme parks is one in 15.5 million trips.