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Passengers down safely from Knott's WindSeeker ride

September 19, 2012 |  9:42 pm

After dangling 300 feet in the air for 3 1/2 hours Wednesday on a ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, 20 people have been safely returned to the ground, park officials said.

Maintenance workers brought down the passengers, who became stuck when the WindSeeker halted midway through the ride about 4 p.m., said Jennifer Blazey, senior publicist for Knott's Berry Farm.

The ride came to a halt after a security system activated. There were no injuries.

The WindSeeker will remain closed while Knott's investigates the cause of the incident, according to a statement from the amusement park.

Each Knott's ride is inspected daily, according to the statement.

The WindSeeker also malfunctioned earlier this month, stopping for about three hours on Sept. 7, Blazey said.

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

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