M'sian girl, 8, flung to death at Australian funfair ride
A Malaysian girl died after she was flung "like a doll" from a spinning ride at the Royal Adelaide Show.
The eight-year-old girl, who was reportedly visiting Australia with her family, was thrown from the AirMaxx360 ride on Friday afternoon, said the Australian authorities.
The ride (seen below) was 15 metres long and 18 metres wide.
Malinda Dunwoodie,17, was near the ride when she saw the child "flying through the air".
"She was hanging by her legs off the ride, trying to block herself," Malinda told local media.
Malinda said the girl’s safety harness was still down, but it looked as if she slipped out of her seat.
"She went flying through the air about 10 to 15 metres up in the air and I started sprinting towards her. I was shaking so much.
"She looked like a doll flying through the air."
"It was so shocking - it was like a horror movie.
I didn't see her land in the crowd but when I made it over to her, I couldn't see her eyes moving. Everyone was screaming."
The girl died shortly after being taken to an Adelaide hospital, said the police.
South Australia's work health and safety agency, SafeWork SA, said the ride, which was operating for the first time in the show, would be shut for the rest of the event.
The ride had also operated at Brisbane and Sydney without any incident.
Meanwhile, a memorial has been created for the girl as the show attendees have laid stuffed teddy bear toys and flowers at the site of the accident.
Photo: Screengrab from The Advertiser
South Australia police have said they are investigating the incident.
"Our thoughts are definitely with the family at this time. We have a current investigation going on for the Coroner, we are working with SafeWork SA with support from the Royal Show Society," said the chief inspector.
Source: The Advertiser, Reuters