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The Daily Press is reporting that Mach Tower is CLOSED. The issue is not safety related and no re-opening date has been announced.

 

One of Busch Gardens newest signature rides — the Mach Tower — has been closed indefinitely for reasons a park official said were not safety-related.

 

Park spokesman Kevin Crossett said Mach Tower was removed from service July 12 while park officials "review manufacturer-recommended changes to the ride's parameters." Crossett said the current closure is unrelated to a previous closure in late June he characterized as maintenance-related.

 

"It's as good a time as any," Crossett said, of the closure's timing. He characterized the move as following "best practices," and added: "It's not a safety-related issue."

 

In an email, Crossett explained: "The review is an attempt to alleviate future ride down-time issues. Removing Mach Tower from service benefits guests by reducing the amount of time Mach Tower is down for maintenance and related issues. Mach Tower will return to service soon, but no official date has been set."

 

 

entire story here:

 

http://www.dailypress.com/news/williamsburg/dp-nws-mach-tower-20120718,0,2139847.story

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"Removing Mach Tower from service benefits guests by reducing the amount of time Mach Tower is down for maintenance and related issues"

Quote of the year!!

 

That ride is the biggest POS and one of the worst drop towers I have been on....it would be better as an observation tower. The only good thing about it is the view.

 

JEFF

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True, but Intamin has proven themselves in the drop tower ride type.

 

Yep, they've definitely proven themselves.

 

In 1984, three passengers riding The Edge at Six Flags Great America were injured and hospitalized. The boys were soon after released. The ride had experienced a software malfunction that caused the ride to fall backwards down the wrong shaft.

 

n August 1999, a 12-year-old boy who was mentally disabled fell from the Drop Tower: Scream Zone ride at Paramount's Great America and died. The victim's family claimed the harness was not locked properly. An investigation was inconclusive and no charges were filed.

 

In June 2007, a 13-year-old girl had both of her feet severed at the ankles on Superman: Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. A ride malfunction caused a cable to snap and a cord to wrap around the girl's feet, amputating both of them. She was brought to the hospital in critical condition [8] and the park was later fined $1,000 for not properly maintaining the ride.

 

On February 24, 2012, a 14-year-old girl died in an accident at Hopi Hari, Vinhedo, São Paulo State, Brazil. She fell from the drop tower ride "La Tour Eiffel" suffering cranial trauma and died on the way to the hospital. Local police are investigating the accident, initial investigations suggest the possibility of mechanical failure in the restraint latch

 

Sure not all these incidents are reflective of the company...but when was the last time Intamin opened a major drop tower? Incidents like these, no matter whether they are caused by the company or not, don't exactly have people clamoring to buy them.

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Wow. I'm not too sad about missing out on a drop tower, seeing as how there are so many out there. This one did sound a bit more unique, though. Well, hopefully they work things out sooner rather than later, and for good.

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True, but Intamin has proven themselves in the drop tower ride type.

 

Yep, they've definitely proven themselves.

 

In 1984, three passengers riding The Edge at Six Flags Great America were injured and hospitalized. The boys were soon after released. The ride had experienced a software malfunction that caused the ride to fall backwards down the wrong shaft.

 

n August 1999, a 12-year-old boy who was mentally disabled fell from the Drop Tower: Scream Zone ride at Paramount's Great America and died. The victim's family claimed the harness was not locked properly. An investigation was inconclusive and no charges were filed.

 

In June 2007, a 13-year-old girl had both of her feet severed at the ankles on Superman: Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. A ride malfunction caused a cable to snap and a cord to wrap around the girl's feet, amputating both of them. She was brought to the hospital in critical condition [8] and the park was later fined $1,000 for not properly maintaining the ride.

 

On February 24, 2012, a 14-year-old girl died in an accident at Hopi Hari, Vinhedo, São Paulo State, Brazil. She fell from the drop tower ride "La Tour Eiffel" suffering cranial trauma and died on the way to the hospital. Local police are investigating the accident, initial investigations suggest the possibility of mechanical failure in the restraint latch

 

Sure not all these incidents are reflective of the company...but when was the last time Intamin opened a major drop tower? Incidents like these, no matter whether they are caused by the company or not, don't exactly have people clamoring to buy them.

 

Lex Luthor Drop of Doom... doesn't get more major than that. And Drop Tower at Kings Dominion is relatively new too.

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This is worth checking out!

 

It done by Devin Olson Media, who also created the Intimidator 305 & Cheetah Hunt documentaries.

 

That was great! I'll have to check out the other two documentaries.

Here's an imbedded version for the lazy people like me that might just overlook it. I did, a few times.

 

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Concerning the incidents on Intamin's Drop Towers, were not most of these accidents on older design/model versions? Seems to me that those accidents happened on those models where the sectional ride carriages/seats are attached right against the tower itself with the lift/counterweight cables exposed above and below (referencing the horrible incident involving the girl and the severed limb). As far as the seat restraints go, it appears that those were issues with certain models manufactured during a certain time frame as well.

 

I have never heard of any major issues/incidents with the newer versions of Intamin's drop towers like the carousel style ride carriages at KI (gyro version) and KD (stationary version). On those models, the seats are 12-15 feet away from the tower itself, and the counterweight cables are inside the tower. I assume the seat/restraints are more reliable as well.

 

As far as Seas World/Busch Gardens corporate having a grudge against Intamin, why would they have allowed BGT to let Intamin create their new coaster a couple of years ago?

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As far as Seas World/Busch Gardens corporate having a grudge against Intamin, why would they have allowed BGT to let Intamin create their new coaster a couple of years ago?

 

I doubt there is any grudges, its all business, and if another manufacture puts in better bid than Intamin (which is the case of Verbolten) then Seaworld Entertainment will go with it. Why would anyone hold a grudge against a quality manufacturer? (yes, that's retorical).

 

I bet, and this is my opinion, that Mach Tower's idea was bidded upon by the major manufacturers and Moser won out with the best bid that the park was looking for. Yes, IF Busch built an Intamin drop tower, it would probably more reliable since they have more experience with this type of ride. Moser had only one or two major towers built by the time MT construction started. There is a difference in experience, but I would wager that Moser just had a better bid than Intamin.

 

I hope that they don't remove MT, ever. I find it to be a quality attraction, though it does have its problems (extended downtimes, problems with the audio)... But the ride is more aimed for families compared to thrill enthusiasts.

 

/rant

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If this closure improves the ride's long-term reliability, so be it. I can't find a ride to East Coast Bash anyway.

 

The issue with Intamin AG is long gone, I believe. I know that the park and Intamin had some...creative differences...when they built Escape from Pompeii.

 

The manufacturer that got to build Mach Tower (Moser) was the one that could produce the most cost-effective solution. That's usually how it always goes. At the end of the day, it's all about the money.

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Perhaps they didn't account for that ugly decoration on the gondola when choosing the lifting mechanism?

 

Moser has built a few park versions of their drop tower and I'm pretty sure they have many drop towers in carnival circuits so it's not like they're inexperienced or anything. Eventually it'll all be ironed out, same with Verbolten.

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That will be devastating for the park. And a real shame right in the middle of the summer season. All the great buzz from Boltz will be overridden by the drop town fiasco.

 

My, my--aren't we dramatic?

 

I hardly think this will be "devastating" for the park, or overshadow the "buzz" for Verbolten.

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That will be devastating for the park. And a real shame right in the middle of the summer season. All the great buzz from Boltz will be overridden by the drop town fiasco.

 

My, my--aren't we dramatic?

 

I hardly think this will be "devastating" for the park, or overshadow the "buzz" for Verbolten.

 

Speak for yourself, I'm going to cancel my entire East Coast Trip, this was the only thing I was wanting to ride!!!!

 

True, but Intamin has proven themselves in the drop tower ride type.

 

Yep, they've definitely proven themselves.

 

In 1984, three passengers riding The Edge at Six Flags Great America were injured and hospitalized. The boys were soon after released. The ride had experienced a software malfunction that caused the ride to fall backwards down the wrong shaft.

 

n August 1999, a 12-year-old boy who was mentally disabled fell from the Drop Tower: Scream Zone ride at Paramount's Great America and died. The victim's family claimed the harness was not locked properly. An investigation was inconclusive and no charges were filed.

 

In June 2007, a 13-year-old girl had both of her feet severed at the ankles on Superman: Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. A ride malfunction caused a cable to snap and a cord to wrap around the girl's feet, amputating both of them. She was brought to the hospital in critical condition [8] and the park was later fined $1,000 for not properly maintaining the ride.

 

On February 24, 2012, a 14-year-old girl died in an accident at Hopi Hari, Vinhedo, São Paulo State, Brazil. She fell from the drop tower ride "La Tour Eiffel" suffering cranial trauma and died on the way to the hospital. Local police are investigating the accident, initial investigations suggest the possibility of mechanical failure in the restraint latch

 

Sure not all these incidents are reflective of the company...but when was the last time Intamin opened a major drop tower? Incidents like these, no matter whether they are caused by the company or not, don't exactly have people clamoring to buy them.

 

You are talking about 4 incidents in the span of 28 years. One of them is on a 1st generation ride. The most damning one is the SFKK incident obviously.

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