Kingfisher airhostess killed in Chennai amusement park

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Chennai, Oct 3: 22-year-old F Afia Magh, an air-hostess working with Kingfisher Airlines, has been thrown off an Octopus Ride and died at EVP World amusement park in Chembarambakkam, 25km from Chennai.

Magh along with her ten friends went to enjoy fun-rides at the amusement park on Gandhi jayanti on Tuesday, Oct 2. According to eyewitnesses, Magh's safety belt was opened before the ride ended and she fell down from the ride. Magh somehow managed to lift herself up but her head was smashed by a giant arm of the apparatus and thus got severe head injuries, said witnesses.

The accident took place around 12 pm. Magh was rushed to a near by hospital where she was declared brought dead. Park officials shut the adventure ride soon after the incident keeping most of its visitors ignorant about the horrible incident. Police personnel informed that the victim hailed from Kohima in Nagaland. After postmortem, her body was handed over to her family members.

Police registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304(ii). 37-year-old park manager P Raghu, 22-year-old ride operator C Williams and his 20-year-old assistant B Ashok have been arrested. A senior official of the theme park was quoted as saying, "The octopus ride has a hydraulic mechanism. People taking the ride are secured with a safety belt and are advised not to unfasten it till the ride ends." Unfortunately, Magh released her safety belt much earlier and met with such fatal end.

One of Magh's friends Prachurya Saikia was quoted as saying, "It had individual seating cars with safety rods in front. As it was in motion there was sudden violent jerk. I saw Afia fall out of her car 10 ft below. The operator fled his cabin when he saw Afia fall. She got badly hit on the back of her head by a car behind her," and also added, "The cars were running at full speed and Afia's friends who did not take the ride and were watching pulled her out after a 10-minute struggle while I was stranded in the car."

This was the third such accident case in the park in last seven months, however, earlier all victims were escaped with minor injuries. Police stated that they would inquire everyone and would check if the park follows safety precautions.

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