Singapore Flyer suspends rides due to technical issue

Staff at the Singapore Flyer yesterday after a technical issue at about 9am forced rides to be suspended at the tourist attraction. A notice (above, left) was put up informing people of the temporary closure. In a Facebook post, the Flyer said it wou
Staff at the Singapore Flyer yesterday after a technical issue at about 9am forced rides to be suspended at the tourist attraction. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Staff at the Singapore Flyer yesterday after a technical issue at about 9am forced rides to be suspended at the tourist attraction. A notice (above, left) was put up informing people of the temporary closure. In a Facebook post, the Flyer said it wou
A notice (above) was put up informing people of the temporary closure. In a Facebook post, the Flyer said it would conduct "a thorough check" before resuming rides.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

All passengers on board brought down safely; unclear when rides will resume

The Singapore Flyer will remain closed today following a technical glitch that forced the attraction to suspend services yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Flyer told The Straits Times that all 61 passengers on board were "brought to the ground safely when the incident occurred at about 9am".

It is unclear when the Flyer will reopen to the public.

However, the spokesman said that the Flyer will remain closed today. "Until we have more clarity on the technical issue, we continue to suspend flight operations," said the spokesman.

She added that the Flyer was working closely with the relevant authorities and specialist professional engineers to find out the cause of the technical issue.

"We have informed affected passengers to contact us or our travel partners with any questions related to the cancellation of their flights," said the spokesman.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the Flyer said it would be conducting "a thorough check" before resuming rides.

It also advised affected customers to check the page for the latest updates, and to call its customer service team on 6333-3311 for assistance.

  • 61

  • Number of passengers on the Singapore Flyer when a technical issue caused operations to be suspended yesterday.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said it did not receive any calls for assistance.

This is not the first time that the Flyer has suffered a breakdown.

In December 2008, a fire broke out in the wheel control room, causing 173 passengers to be trapped for about six hours.

In July 2010, the Flyer was shut down and more than 200 passengers evacuated after lightning struck one of the electrical cables that supplied power to the air-conditioning systems.

The Flyer, which is 165m tall and has a diameter of 150m, was officially launched in 2008.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2018, with the headline 'S'pore Flyer suspends rides due to technical issue'. Print Edition | Subscribe