One killed, 10 injured in cable car accident in southern Turkiye

One killed, 10 injured in cable car accident in southern Turkiye
One killed, 10 injured in cable car accident in southern Turkiye

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - This handout photograph taken and released on April 12, 2024 by Turkish news agency DHA (Demiroren News Agency) shows rescue teams conducting a rescue operation and helping injured people after a cable car cabin crashed into a fallen cable pole in Konyaalti district of Antalya. — Handout by Demiroren News Agency via AFP

ISTANBUL, April 13 — One person was killed and 10 others were injured yesterday in the southern Turkish province of Antalya after a cable car cabin collided with a broken pole, the interior ministry said today.

Twenty-four cabins were stranded in the air at 5.23pm (1423 GMT) on Friday. Sixteen hours later, more than 60 people were still stranded in the remaining nine cabins in the air, the ministry said. One hundred and twelve people had been rescued.

None of the people waiting to be rescued had critical injuries or were in poor health, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority chairman Okay Memis told reporters at the scene, adding that they aimed to complete rescue work before sunset.

In a statement on social media platform X, the interior ministry said seven helicopters and more than 500 rescue workers were carrying out rescue efforts.

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A video released by the interior ministry showed rescue personnel tied to safety ropes climbing into cabins.

According to the information on its website, the cable car has 36 cabins with a capacity of six people each, and it takes an average of nine minutes to go uphill to the Tunektepe facility with panoramic views of the city of Antalya. — Reuters

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