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Passengers dangling in air as Knott's WindSeeker breaks down

September 19, 2012 |  7:13 pm

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Knott's Berry Farm billed the WindSeeker ride as an attraction that creates a "sense of exhilaration" and "the feeling of free flight." But for hours Wednesday, passengers have been stuck in mid-air, their feet dangling 300 feet above the ground, after it had stopped mid-ride.

Twenty people were on the WindSeeker when it halted about 4 p.m., said Jennifer Blazey, senior publicist for Knott's Berry Farm.

There have been no injuries so far and maintenance workers are attempting to fix the ride, Blazey said.

She said it was the second time this month that the ride has malfunctioned. On Sept. 7, the ride stopped for about three hours, she said.

The WindSeeker goes in a circular motion, taking passengers 300 feet into the air at 25 mph in two-person gondolas.

Law enforcement and fire officials have not been called in to assist on the matter, officials said. Cpl. Andy Luong of Buena Park Police said so far there has been no evident threat to public safety.

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Photo: The WindSeeker. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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