19 February 2018
Thorough probe to be done into cable car system failure
Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd, the operator of the Langkawi SkyCab cable car system in Langkawi, will carry out an investigation to determine the failure of the system, which led over 1,000 tourists to be stranded yesterday.
Panorama Langkawi board member Azizan Noordin said while a faulty bearing had been identified as the reason for the system to break down, the probe would involve finding the causes for the faulty parts to ensure there would be no recurrence in the future.
“We will carry out a post-mortem to find out the details leading to the system failure,” Azizan told reporters after receiving the stranded tourists earlier this morning.
At the last count, a total of 1,048 tourists and 78 staff of the cable car company were stranded for about seven hours before being rescued in stages between 9pm last night to just after 12am today.
The incident, which was reported to have started at 5.48pm, was claimed to be the worst ever to affect the cable car system since it was first introduced as Langkawi’s leading man-made tourism product in 2002.
Azizan, who is also the Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) chief executive officer, said the Panorama Langkawi’s technical team was able to mobilise the system manually at about 9pm to enable the first 88 tourists who were stranded inside 16 cable cars to be brought down to the base station.
He said the manual mobilisation only allowed for minimal movements of the cable cars but that was sufficient to bring down some of the tourists while giving an alternative to get the spare part up to the middle station where it was fitted to restore the system.
System restored about 11pm
“The whole system was restored at around 11pm to enable us to start evacuating the rest of the tourists and staff who were stranded,” he said.