The sensors were adjusted at the point where the teen died.

According to an initial report by outside engineers, sensors on a Florida amusement park ride were manually adjusted to increase the opening for restraints on 2 seats. This resulted in a 14 year old boy falling to his death .

The sensors were adjusted at the point where the teen died.

The average opening of restraints on the free-fall, 430-foot ride was 3.3 inches (8.3 cm). According to the report by the Florida Department of Agriculture which is investigating the accident, Tyre Sampson's seat opened at a maximum of 7.1 inches (18 cmimeters). The restraint for Tyre Sampson's seat opened at 6.5 inches (16.5 cmimeters).

Sampson was just 14 years old, but already stood 6'5" (195 cm) tall and weighed well over 300 lbs (136 kgs) when he fell out of his seat. The ride crashed to the ground at 75 mph (about 121 kph). According to the report, Sampson was in his seat at the beginning of the ride. However, the restraint could have opened up to 10 inches (25 cmimeters) if he had more weight.

Inspection revealed that the sensors that activate safety lights on two seats indicated that the harness safety restraints had been in place. The sensors were adjusted to accommodate the larger openings. Safety lights on Sampson’s seat and on ride's control panel were lit. Without them, the ride wouldn't have begun. According to the report, Sampson fell through the gap between his safety harness and the seat as the ride slowed down.

Two individuals, one 6'3" (190 cm) tall and the other 6'5" (195 cmimeters), were placed in the seat with openings of 6-10 inches (15-25 centimeters). According to the report, they slipped under the restraint.

According to Quest Engineering and Failure Analysis, Inc., "The accident occurred because Tyre Sampson wasn't properly secured in his seat due to mis-adjustment by the proximity sensors."

According to the report, there were no electrical or mechanical problems with the Orlando Free Fall ride. It is taller than Statue of Liberty.

The initial phase of the investigation into the death of the teenager is now complete, said Nikki Fried, Agriculture Commissioner at an Orlando news conference.

Fried stated that the 30-seat ride located on International Drive, in the heart Orlando's tourist district would remain closed indefinitely.

According to the report, there were other potential contributions to the accident. A thorough review of the design and operation of the ride was required.

Orlando Slingshot, the attorney representing the owners of the amusement park, stated in a statement that the company had adhered to all safety procedures, protocols and protocols as set out by the manufacturer.

"Orlando Slingshot has cooperated fully with the State in the initial phase, and we will continue doing so until it is officially closed," stated Trevor Arnold, the attorney.


 

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