1990 Tbilisi aerial tramway accident
A cable car like the one in the 1990 accident.
|Date||1 June 1990|
|Location||Tbilisi, Soviet Georgia|
The accident involved 2 gondolas on a ropeway route between Rustaveli Avenue and Mount Mtatsminda. The cable car was on its way down from the slope of the mount near the Mtatsminda Pantheon. When the hauling rope broke the lower gondola rolled back and slammed on the wall of the lower station injuring people, the upper gondola rolled down generating higher speed (brakes didn't work), on reaching the lower cable car support mast it struck and broke the hauling rope which tore a gondola apart and caused people to fall from 20 metres of height onto rooftops and ground, at least 20 were killed and 15 injured after jumping from the accelerating gondola. Most of them were children celebrating Children's Day. Days before, the standard Soviet gondolas were changed to bigger ones brought from Finland without any precautions.
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