Kirnu

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Kirnu
Kirnu linnanmäki.jpg
Linnanmäki
Coordinates 60°11′18″N 24°56′24″E / 60.18833°N 24.94000°E / 60.18833; 24.94000Coordinates: 60°11′18″N 24°56′24″E / 60.18833°N 24.94000°E / 60.18833; 24.94000
Status Operating
Opening date April 27, 2007
Cost About 3 million euros.
General statistics
Type Steel – 4th Dimension
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model ZacSpin
Height 83.4 ft (25.4 m)
Length 465.11 ft (141.77 m)
Speed 37 mph (60 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:00
Capacity 640 riders per hour
G-force 2.6
Height restriction 55.118 in (140 cm)
Kirnu at RCDB
Pictures of Kirnu at RCDB

Kirnu (Finnish for Butter churn) is a steel roller coaster located at the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. Kirnu is Intamin's first ball coaster.

Layout[edit]

The ride starts as riders climb the curved lift hill followed by a quick pre-drop and immediately go into a sharp half loop and then go through another half loop and finally another half loop before being slowed back down by near-vertical magnetic brakes, and then finally doing a quarter loop and then returning to the station.

Notability[edit]

As Intamin's first ball coaster, it changed the way Finnish rollercoasters were viewed. The ride has since inspired new ZacSpin Roller Coasters

Incidents[edit]

On May 16, 2007 a man injured his leg on Kirnu and its brakes were renewed.[1]

After the deadly incident on Inferno at Terra Mítica in Benidorm, Spain on July 7, 2014,[2][3] and because the two rides share several similarities, Linnanmäki had ceased running Kirnu for several days before reopening the coaster.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kirnun jarrut vaihtoon" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  2. ^ Couzens, Gerard (7 July 2014). "Teenager killed after being thrown from roller-coaster called Hell at Benidorm theme park". Mirror.com. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Gander, Kashmira (7 July 2014). "'British' teenager dies after 'falling from rollercoaster' at the Terra Mitica in Benidorm". Independent.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Linnanmäki Park closes ride after death in Spain". yle.fi. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.