World’s biggest observation wheel reopens in Singapore

January 27th, 2009 - 12:03 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

On Monday, the world’s biggest observation wheel was reopened after a pre-Christmas fire trapped passengers for hours and led to a one-month shutdown of the attraction, its operators said.

‘We anticipate to be hosting passengers from 11am onwards,’ a spokeswoman for the Singapore Flyer told AFP.

On December 23 a small electrical fire, which police have ruled an accident, trapped 173 people inside the Flyers enclosed cabins until power was restored six hours later, but 10 were rescued dramatically using harnesses. Two were taken to hospital.

Mr Bollen, who was waiting to join the first passengers as service resumed, told AFP the authorities and contractors worked night and day to get the Flyer ready.

‘I feel very happy,’ he said, expressing confidence that ‘business will be good again.’

He has said the Flyer’s financial health was fine despite the month-long closure. Losses were insured, he said, without providing a figure.

The 42-storey Flyer is 165 meters high, 30 meters taller than Britain’s London Eye, the company that built it said.

Since the accident, emergency supplies including water and blankets have been placed in every observation capsule, the Flyer said.

The December shutdown was not the first at the Flyer, a major Singapore attraction.

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