Same Chairlift, Same Spot, Three Years Ago. Thredbo, We Have A Problem.
On Monday, a chair plummeted from a Thredbo chairlift. Incredibly, it happened in 2016 too.
In this week's incident, the chair fell approximately 10 metres to the ground, just before the top station of the Gunbarrel Quad Chairlift.
The passenger on the chair was unhurt.
"Thredbo can confirm there was an isolated incident affecting a single chair on Gunbarrel Chairlift at approximately 3pm on Monday 22 July 2019 caused by a freak gust of wind," a resort spokesperson told 10 daily.
"The guest involved in the incident sustained minor bruising only. No other guests or chairs were affected. Thredbo is committed to the safety of our guests and our people."
But 10 daily can reveal a similar incident occurred in the 2016 snow season. As the image below shows, a chair fell from the same lift, just a little lower on the same mountain.
Thredbo resort management conducted an X-ray of the cable on the Gunbarrel Chairlift after the 2016 incident. The lift has run in both summer and winter since without incident.
10 daily reached out to Thredbo on Tuesday to ask whether this year's fallen chair is related in any way to the 2016 fall, and what the response will be. The resort declined to add to its earlier statement.
Thredbo's lift status board currently lists the Gunbarrel lift as "on standby". It did not carry passengers on Tuesday.