18 stranded 60m in the air as cable cars malfunction


Tech issue: A Mount Faber Leisure Group spokesperson said the cable car line’s operating system had to be rebooted due to the error. — The Straits Times/ANN

A ROMANTIC birthday celebration for Brenda Chan and her husband, Brandon, turned into a nearly hour-long wait in darkness while suspended more than 60m in the air.

The couple were among 18 cable car passengers who were left stranded in their cabins for more than 30 minutes after an operating system error on Wednesday evening brought the Mount Faber cable car line to a halt.

Brenda, 29, and Brandon, 30, had gone for dinner at a restaurant on Mount Faber to celebrate her birthday and decided to ride the cable car from the mainland to Sentosa island and back.

But as they were about to return to the Mount Faber station, their cable car stopped without warning.

Brandon said there were initially no announcements about what had happened, and he had to call cable car operator Mount Faber Leisure Group’s emergency hotline for more information.

Shin Min Daily News reported on Thursday that the Mount Faber line stopped working at about 9.15pm on Wednesday.

Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and police were spotted at the scene, said the Chinese-language daily.

Responding to queries, a Mount Faber Leisure Group spokesperson said the cable car line’s operating system had to be rebooted due to the error.

Mount Faber Leisure Group said cable car service resumed normal operation on Thursday after all required safety checks were completed, noting that there was no mechanical fault involved in the incident. — The Straits Times/ANN

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