All 1,126 passengers and staff of stranded Langkawi SkyCab safely rescued [NSTTV]

Hamzah Osman

LANGKAWI: All the 1,126 passengers and staff of Langkawi SkyCab who were left stranded at the peak of Gunung Machinchang on Sunday evening due to a faulty bearing system, have been brought down safely by midnight. Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd (Panorama Langkawi), the operator of the SkyCab service said it took five hours to complete repair works on the 2.2km cable car with a peak located 708m above sea level. "The SkyCab operation broke down following a fault in the system which occurred at 5.48pm. "During the incident, 88 passengers were stranded in 16 gondola lifts and were rescued with the help of the Fire and Rescue Department about 9.50pm," the company said in a statement late Sunday. According to the statement, the company technical team had managed to complete the repair works. "All the stranded passengers and staff were safely transported down beginning 11pm. "Other than passengers trapped in the gondola lifts, another 210 and 36 passengers and staff were stranded at the middle station while another 750 passengers and 42 staff were stranded at the highest station," said the statement.

All the passengers and staff were brought down safely beginning 11pm yesterday. Courtesy pic.

The company said the Langkawi SkyCab services will only resumes its operation at noon Monday to allow for maintenance works. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd