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  • Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

    An individual has been blamed for the accident on the Lantau cable car in June and faces charges of criminal negligence. A report by a government-appointed panel into mishaps on the network has also uncovered several operational problems since it opened last year. The MTRC, which owns the system, will replace the Australian-based operators, Skyrail, with a new management team. The network has been closed since the incident in which an empty cabin plunged to the ground. The MTRC's chairman, Raymond Chi'en, said it aimed to re-open the system by the end of the year after conducting thorough tests.
    Source : RTHK News


    Management gets blame for Skyrail crash


    AN accident on a new Hong Kong cable car ride in which an empty cabin plunged 50m to the ground has been blamed on the ride's Australian management, a radio report said yesterday.

    Overseas experts called in to investigate the accident on the year-old cable car ride to Hong Kong's Big Buddha tourist attraction in June have reportedly pointed the finger at management.


    The investigation into the incident in June found the ride itself was safe but mismanagement led to the cabin falling to the ground during a test run, government-run radio station RTHK said.


    Quoting sources within the investigation, RTHK said the contract of Australian management team Skyrail may now be cancelled before the ride, which has been closed since the accident, reopens. The alternative is for a management overhaul, RTHK said.
    Source : News.Com.au


    Since NP 360 is a nearby attraction close to HKDL, this news might interest those who plan to visit HKDL, Lantau Island, Tung Chung or Ngong Ping etc...
    Last edited by PennysBayChronicle; 09-18-2007, 01:09 AM.

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    Re: Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

    Ah, I knew Aussies were to blame!
    I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out. - Bill Hicks

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    • #3
      Re: Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

      Luckily it was empty at the time!!!!

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      • #4
        Re: Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

        I put it down to that irreverent Aussie sense of humor.

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          Re: Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

          I sure hope they can get the service up and running again... SAFELY. I *loved* the ride when I took it a few weeks before the accident.

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            Re: Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

            I do believe they will have it up and running again, when the MTR fixes the safety issues they knew they had before it opened.
            What is that saying, if it ain't broke don't fix it? Hm, makes one wonder about the safety of many other things that we take for granted doesn't it?

            Oops, was i supposed to say that?

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              Re: Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

              Originally posted by Katsmom View Post
              Hm, makes one wonder about the safety of many other things that we take for granted doesn't it?

              Oops, was i supposed to say that?
              I may never leave the house again!
              I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out. - Bill Hicks

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                Re: Criminal negligence blamed for cable car(Ngong Ping 360) accident

                I am glad they have replaced the poor management team at NP 360.

                but it takes time to restore confidence.

                THE Mass Transit Railway Corp (MTR Corp) has "dealt with" Skyrail-ITM. However, it seems clear from what is revealed in the report that the MTR Corp did not do everything it ought to have done in supervising the company. Skyrail-ITM managing director Bill Calderwood had never managed any cable car system.
                It calls for expertise in mechanical engineering and other fields to run the system, but Calderwood is clearly a layman. As a laymen led professionals, little wonder accidents happened.
                The report mentions that the cable car system was overused. Its manufacturer's recommendation is that it should not be in operation for more than 250 hours a month. However, the system was on average in operation for 420 hours a month. Overuse causes severe wear and tear. Skyrail-ITM ought to have ensured Ngong Ping 360's proper maintenance. Between its opening and its closure, over 1.5 million people used the cable car system. It has now emerged that the operator of the cable car system achieved the ridership figure by overusing it.
                Source : Mingpao News


                Bill Calderwood who left his Tung Chung office in a taxi with bags of documents did not respond to questions. .
                Photo Credit : RTHK News
                Last edited by PennysBayChronicle; 09-23-2007, 11:53 PM.

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