Ski-lift in Georgia malfunctions, launches skiers into the air
A sudden malfunction of a ski lift at the Gudauri resort in the country of Georgia launched passengers into the air as their chairs crashed into a growing pile at the bottom of the lift.
The chaotic scene was captured on video by several attendees at the resort. The videos show the ski lift chairs rapidly traveling backward down the slope. Passengers who don’t jump off before the bottom are seen launched into the air as the chairs whip around the bottom of the lift.
The ski resort is in the Great Caucuses Mountain Range in the northern portion of the state, according to Newsweek.
The state-owned Mountain Resorts Development Company preliminary reports showed at least 10 people injured after “chairs crashed into each other with riders suspended in the air, causing health injury of medium gravity.” The resort posted a statement on their Facebook page assuring that medical expenses for riders would be paid and gave told CNN the number of injured as 12.
The Telegraph dispatched emergency workers to transport the injured to the hospital, and an investigation has been launched into the incident. reported that Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs
“Our employees are already on their way to Gudauri,” a spokesperson for the Austrian-based ski-lift manufacturer told The Telegraph. “At the moment we have no detailed information.”