61 passengers on Singapore Flyer brought to safety following 'technical issue'

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UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect a statement from the Singapore Flyer. 

61 passengers on board the Singapore Flyer were brought to ground safely after the tourist attraction experienced a “technical issue” on Thursday morning (25 January), said a spokesman.

The organisation behind Singapore Flyer has since suspended its operations after the incident, which occurred at about 9am.

Responding to queries from Yahoo News Singapore, the spokesman said that Singapore Flyer staff are working closely with the relevant authorities and specialist professional engineers to find out the cause of the technical issue.

No further information was given about the cause of the technical issue.

“We have informed affected passengers to contact us or our travel partners with any questions related to the cancellation of their flights,” added the spokesman.

A “thorough check” on the tourist attraction will be conducted before resuming operations, the company wrote in an earlier Facebook post on Thursday.

“Please check this page for the latest update. For affected guests, please contact our Customer Service team at +65 6333 3311 from (GMT+8) 9am to 10pm for assistance,” it added. “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

According to its Facebook page, the 165-metres tall Singapore Flyer is the largest giant observation wheel in Asia.