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SkyScreamer spinning tower ride reopens at Six Flags St LouisSubmitted by Nick Sim on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 07:43
The SkyScreamer spinning tower ride at Six Flags St Louis has reopened, having been forced to close for technical reasons just weeks after opening.
The park has succeeded in restoring the ride to action, after an incident during early-morning testing forced its closure in July. Its return will be a relief for the park, which has been without its headline new attraction for much of the summer season.
SkyScreamer is a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction, and sees riders swinging in a 98-foot circle around a central tower. Reports have suggested that the counterweight that balances the ride vehicle dropped suddenly to the base of the tower in the incident, causing the ride carriage to rise to the top. However, the damage was less serious than initially feared.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which closed its version of SkyScreamer as a precaution following the incident at Six Flags St Louis, restored its version to operations on August 12.
Riders on both SkyScreamers reach a top of speed of over 43 miles per hour, and are able to take in panoramic views of the parks and their surroundings. Guests are seated in 2-seater swings, each of which provides a "front row seat".