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IN-DEPTH: Boy who died after falling from ride was visiting Orlando for spring break

IN-DEPTH: Boy who died after falling from ride was visiting Orlando for spring break
this is channel 9 eyewitness news at six coverage you can count on right now at six an amusement

ride

gone wrong nothing in the world to replace that young man the painful cries from the father of the 14 year old boy who fell to his death on an

orlando

ride

last night and the lingering questions about how it happened the

orlando

freefall

ride

at icon park remains closed as investigators try to figure out how this all happened good evening i'm vanessa eckles and i'm martha sagalski this is just a horrific story that

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officially opened just a few months ago this is video of the scene from today you can see those inspectors assessing the seat which is believed to be the seat that that 14 year old boy was in also tonight we do have live team coverage on this tragedy channel 9 investigative reporter christopher heath is digging into how often this

ride

gets inspected and looking at those inspection reports but we begin tonight with channel 9 shannon butler who's been working all day to find out just how this happened shannon the orange county sheriff says this appears to be just a tragic accident well he doesn't witnesses that were here last night told me they watched the

ride

go up and it didn't seem like anything was wrong they said it went up to the top it came back down came to that stop like it always does that's when they say that the 14 year old came underneath one of those blue harnesses and fell to the ground dispatchers tried to get people to...
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give him cpr but those callers to 911 said it was too late gary winthrop was at icon park last night watching the free fall

ride

the

ride

goes up and it kind of it comes it goes up we're kind of watching it next thing you know it starts coming down like oh and everybody's screaming you know normal you know

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type of thing he never thought he would see what happened next it comes down you know i guess it halted on the brakes you know because you know it comes kind of closer and then he slides right out fourteen-year-old tyree sampson was on the

ride

around 11 o'clock last night when he fell to his death people called 9-1-1 trying to help him the thing went down to drop and like when they got closer to the bottom when it hit the brakes the guy fell right out of the seat and bam straight through the chair the sheriff's office said that he was here from missouri with another family on vacation today investigators were out measuring the seat he was riding in as they work to try to figure out what went wrong today the sheriff's office says early findings show that this was just a tragic accident but it is still unclear how and why sampson was thrown from the

ride

the sheriff said that workers that were interviewed did not see anything wrong before the

ride

went up and you can hear the workers after the fall saying that those checks were done right now you can see this

ride

is shut down as investigators continue to try to figure out what went wrong here it is...
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unclear when this

ride

will reopen as for the family they say he was here on

spring

break

he is a fierce football player they said and a good student they are devastated by what's happened here we are live in

orlando

shannon butler channel 9 eyewitness news and new this hour we are hearing from that heartbroken father of the 14 year old killed he says when he heard what happened it knocked the wind out of him sorry he's not going to take it back ain't no monies no nothing in the world to replace the young man and uh it's just i'm just saying it said a young man bright future been taken away from him and over over a

ride

or a news report that father says the pain he's feeling is never going to go away the company behind the

orlando

free fall at icon park says it's the tallest freestanding drop tower in the world at 430 feet tall it can hold 30

ride

rs at once when they get to the top of the tower

ride

rs are tilted forward 30 degrees toward the ground then they free fall nearly 400 feet reaching speeds of 75 miles per hour now take a look at this this is video from the day the

ride

opened this was in late december you can see employees there were going around to each

ride

r and tugging on the harness to make sure the

ride

rs were locked in before they were hoisted into the air

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s like this are subjected to inspections by the state department of agriculture they're required to have a certificate of insurance and an annual affidavit of compliance...
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and testing performed by a professional engineer or qualified inspector and that

ride

would have had been inspected before it opened in december but since it's only been open for a few months it wasn't yet due for any re-inspections channel 9 investigative reporter christopher heath obtained the u.s and international patents for the

ride

and continues our team coverage with more details about the attraction the thing we are looking for is information about the seats in the united states there are three of these large 400 foot drop towers two built by a company out of liechtenstein both of these have a belt that connects the shoulder restraint to the seat but the one in

orlando

was built by an austrian company and it has no such belt the

ride

that claimed a teen's life in

orlando

had only been in operation for a few months the state was required to inspect it before opening today crews were inspecting the

ride

again testing the seats you can see here men walking from chair to chair checking the shoulder restraints state law requires daily inspections which spokesman john stein says the company was doing we work with the florida department of agriculture they do their inspections we do a daily inspection on our

ride

s before we open in documents released to eyewitness news from the florida department of agriculture you can see here the

ride

was inspected on monday december the 20th that's less than four months ago it passed with state inspection specialist mark...
gonzalez signing off on the

ride

as for the

ride

itself the manufacturer is a company called funtime the austrian company has a series of u.s and international patents for the

ride

most that we found deal with the tower with just one mention of seats or harnesses but no specifics as for how the harness failed or if it was never secured properly in the first place that will be determined by a series of inspections across several levels of the government it is ongoing and we we're working with orange county sheriff's office as well as other agencies that have yet to be engaged but will be engaged christopher heath channel 9 eyewitness news this young man's tragic death has drawn attention from all over and the

ride

s being closed at icon park also that has people talking as well channel 9's nick papintonis continues our live team coverage at icon park and nick people weren't necessarily there to see it but everyone you've talked with has been affected in some way there's been a steady stream of people here at icon park looking up toward the sky trying to picture their friends or family members or children even riding this

ride

in that teenager's place there's even been a memorial that started here with people laying flowers down to the base of the

ride

honoring the teen who

died

this is about the time of the day where people start heading out to eat and have fun in this district some of the tourists told me not everyone knows just what...
happened yet we've been getting a lot of questions just standing here the news spread pretty quickly last night people say there's been an uneasiness up and down the road everyone silently saying to themselves this could have been me i can't imagine that kind of thing happening right in front of me you know it's like a regular night a regular

spring

break

night i got a kid and she's 11. she loves stuff like this but i don't think she's going to be getting on these no more this is the second drop

ride

death in the united states since this fall a six-year-old

died

out in colorado back in september after she wasn't properly restrained inside the

ride

however amusement park

ride

s have been increasingly rare since the turn of the century

falling

quite a bit in amount compared to how many people

ride

these

ride

s we're going to be taking a look at that in

depth

tonight on wftv tonight at 11. live in orange county nick papintonis channel 9 eyewitness news we're going to continue digging into what happened last night at icon park we'll have any new developments on air and online at wftv.com