Alton Towers' Galactica VR Ride Malfunctions, Leaving Riders Suspended in Midair

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Alton Towers experienced another major boo-boo yesterday, but thankfully nobody was injured in the incident. The theme park’s Galactica VR rollercoaster broke down at the top of a loop during heavy rain, leaving 28 riders stuck upside down for half an hour.

Goodness knows how long it took them to realise, with VR headsets having been strapped to their faces at the time. The content -- think worried robotic voices, violent lava and crashing ice -- can't have helped settle the nerves.

Not the best thing to happen on the bank holiday weekend, especially when it’s just a couple of weeks after Merlin pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches. The Smiler crash last June, which left five people seriously injured, is understandably still at the forefront of people’s minds.

A member of staff climbed up to reassure the Galactica riders that they’d be fine, before the ride attendants eventually managed to restart the rollercoaster and bring everyone back to earth. Alton Towers managers then shut the roller coaster down, telling visitors that the ride had been flooded.

Read More: Galactica is Both Brilliant and Frustrating

If you’re brave enough to give it a go, check out our review of Galactica via the link above. [Guardian]