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World - Europe

Major worldwide cable car accidents since 1976

July 1, 1999
Web posted at: 9:23 p.m. EDT (0123 GMT)

  • 1976, near Cavalese, Italy: Cable car accident kills 42.

  • July 1, 1999, Saint-Etienne-en-Devoluy, France: Gondola carrying workers to a space observatory high in the French Alps plunges to the ground, killing 20.

  • June 1, 1990, in Tbilisi, Georgia: A gondola traveling above the then-Soviet city to a popular tourist attraction, Mount Mtatsminda, breaks from its cable and slams into a support pole, killing 20.

  • Feb. 3, 1998, near the Italian ski resort Cavalese: A U.S. military jet on a low-level training flight severs a cable car line, killing 20.

  • Jan. 30, 1983: Two cable cars plunge 200 feet into the sea after an oil rig mounted on a ship hit the steel cables of the overhead system linking Singapore with the resort island Sentosa. Seven people die.

  • March 26, 1976, in Vail, Colo.: Two gondola cars at the popular ski resort derail and plunge more than 100 feet, killing four.

  • Dec. 14, 1996, Riederalp, Switzerland: Three gondola cabins crash to the ground, killing a Swiss ski instructor.

    Copyright 1999 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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