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3 injured in Thai mid-air zip line crash

Monday, 19 December 2016

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BANGKOK: A zip line in Chiang Mai’s Mae On district has been shut down pending a police probe after three Israeli tourists, including a seven-year-old boy, were injured in a mid-air collision at the attraction.

The initial investigation found that the “Flight of the Gibbon” tour was operating without a tourism business licence.

District chief Pattaraporn Laijud yesterday led police and related officials to inspect the facility and its documents. The results of the investigation will be submitted to the provincial governor.

The Provincial Police Region Five acting deputy chief, Maj-General Pithaya Sirirak, said police would determine whether the incident was caused by the recklessness of the staff.

The injured tourists were covered by personal travel insurance policies, while the zip line operator had accident insurance, he added.

Relevant agencies would probe whether the leased land the business was located on had encroached on forestland.

The Forest Resource Management Office One (Chiang Mai) said it would check with the Land Depart­ment because the leased land appeared to be a fertile forest.

It is understood that the Flight of the Gibbon tour has 31 stations covering five kilometres, with each station handling up to 10 visitors at a time with an average zip line speed of 20.4 kph.

Source by: Internet

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