Showgoers tell of 'insecure seatbelts' in AirMaxx 360 ride after Malaysian girl killed

Showgoers tell of 'insecure seatbelts' in AirMaxx 360 ride after Malaysian girl killed
AirMaxx 360 which was operating for the first time at the show would be shut for the rest of the event as SafeWork SA investigate the incident with police.

PETALING JAYA - Visitors of the Royal Adelaide Show where a Malaysian girl died after being flung from a spinning ride had encountered problems including insecure seatbelts, reported The Courier Mail.

Amanda Watson, said she was horrified but unsurprised when she heard that the 8-year-old girl had been killed after being flung from the AirMaxx 360 on Friday afternoon.

Watson, who took the ride on Thursday with her daughter said an attendant securing restraints on all riders appeared to be in a bad mood.

"We were the last ones to be locked in and the girl said, 'I'm effing over this; I've had enough of it'," she told the Sunday Mail.

"I kind of took it she was over today - but it was only about 11am," Watson added.

She said that just moments after the ride started, the operator stopped it and pointed out a particular seat to the attendant.

"It turns out she hadn't clipped the seat down properly on it," Watson said.

"She cracked it at him. She wasn't happy he'd stopped the ride," she added.

Watson said her partner, Nicholas Milne, told her after the ride was over that his seatbelt also was not fastened securely and had "flung open a bit" although he fixed it himself.

"When we heard about what happened to the little girl, I turned to my partner and I thought how easy it would have been to be us," she said.

Brock Koster, 21, also told the Sunday Mail that the Airmaxx 360 was not functioning properly.

"Halfway through our ride it kept stopping and starting. It would slow right down and then it would start again, but eventually it stopped altogether," he said.

Koster said riders were asked to exit and were given their tickets for later use.

"As we were getting off, the floor started collapsing beneath us and we nearly fell off," Koster said.

He said the ride was closed as maintenance staff worked on it including on one of the 12 octopus-like arms.

When he returned to use their free tickets, the ride still didn't seem to be working.

"It wasn't doing the full movements - it was still being weird," said Koster, adding that his girlfriend told him she was not strapped in properly.

"She felt like she was going to fly out, so I was trying to hold on to her … she just didn't feel secure," he said.

Jodie Strangio wrote on the SA Police Facebook site: "My sis-in-law and niece went on this ride on Saturday and it broke down 2 times. Once when they were in line and once while they were on it."

South Australia's work health and safety agency, SafeWork SA, said the ride - which was operating for the first time at the show - would be shut for the rest of the event as they investigate the incident with police.

The ride, about 15m-long and 18m-wide, resembles a giant spider and can carry up to 24 people.

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