Blue Tornado

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Blue Tornado
The ride photo taken from Flying Island.
Park section Energy
Coordinates 45°27′24″N 10°42′49″E / 45.456601°N 10.713660°E / 45.456601; 10.713660Coordinates: 45°27′24″N 10°42′49″E / 45.456601°N 10.713660°E / 45.456601; 10.713660
Status Operating
Opening date 1998
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Vekoma
Model Suspended Looping Coaster (765m Extended w/ Helix)
Height 108.27 ft (33.00 m)
Drop 98.43 ft (30.00 m)
Length 2,510 ft (770 m)
Speed 49.7 mph (80.0 km/h)
Inversions 5
Duration 1 min 42 sec
Max vertical angle 59°
Capacity 850 riders per hour
Height restriction 55 in (140 cm)
Blue Tornado at RCDB
Pictures of Blue Tornado at RCDB

Blue Tornado is a steel inverted roller coaster at Gardaland, Castelnuovo del Garda, outside Verona, Italy. It is an extended standard model, with additional helix, of the Suspended Looping Coaster manufactured by Vekoma. The ride's highest force is at 4.5G's during the sidewinder inversion. A model Panavia Tornado fighter jet is seen on top of the station for decorative purposes.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

In August 1999, a 17-year-old boy from Treviso, Italy died of a heart attack while riding the roller coaster. It was later proven that the boy suffered a life heart disease.

On May 10, 2001, a 15-year-old boy from Germany also died of a heart attack while on the ride. The 15-year-old suffered from a lifelong heart condition and according to reports, ignored advice from friends and signs not to board the ride if suffering from a heart condition.[citation needed]

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