Tiger Sky Tower must appoint engineer, submit reports before ride can reopen: BCA

A sign informing members of the public that the Tiger Sky Tower is remaining closed until further notice, following an incident on Aug 12, 2017.
A sign informing members of the public that the Tiger Sky Tower is remaining closed until further notice, following an incident on Aug 12, 2017.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - The operator of the Tiger Sky Tower at Sentosa must appoint a specialist professional engineer in amusement ride engineering to investigate the cause of the accident on Saturday that trapped 39 people for four hours, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said on Monday (Aug 14).

An investigation report must be submitted before the end of the month.

The operator must carry out the repairs recommended by the engineer.

After the repairs, the engineer must conduct functional tests and submit another report by the middle of September, before getting BCA's written consent for the ride to resume operations.

The tower is closed until further notice, and the cause of the mechanical fault that caused the tower's third breakdown in seven years is still being investigated.

The 39 people stranded were rescued at 9.45pm, more than four hours after the fault was first reported at 5.35pm.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force's (SCDF's) elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Dart) c limbed to the top of the tower before rappelling down and into the gondola - with a team on standby to rescue the passengers from height.

 

The gondola was eventually lowered and all 39 people emerged unhurt. Those trapped included tourists from Vietnam and four children.

Sky Tower director Alexander Melchers previously told The Straits Times that the gondola was never at risk of plunging completely as the ride has failsafes similar to elevators.