Fatal Cable Car Disaster in Southern Turkey: 1 Fatality and 10 Injuries Rock the Region

Dozens of people were left stranded after the collision in southern Turkey.

The interior ministry reported that a tragic incident occurred in the southern Turkish province of Antalya on Friday, resulting in the loss of one life and injuries to 10 others. A cable car cabin collided with a damaged pole, leading to the unfortunate event. At 5:23 p.m. (14:23 GMT) on Friday, twenty-four cabins were left suspended in the air. Sixteen hours later, despite rescue efforts, over 60 individuals remained stranded in nine cabins. Thankfully, 112 people were successfully rescued.

Chairman Okay Memis of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority assured reporters that none of those awaiting rescue suffered critical injuries or were in poor health. The goal was to complete the rescue operation before sunset.

The interior ministry disclosed on social media platform X that seven helicopters and over 500 rescue workers were actively involved in the rescue mission. A video shared by the ministry depicted rescue personnel using safety ropes to access the cabins.

Information on the cable car’s website indicates it has 36 cabins, each accommodating six individuals. The journey to the Tunektepe facility, boasting panoramic views of Antalya city, typically takes around nine minutes.

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