Antalya: Ten injured, one killed in cable car accident in Turkey

  • By Thomas Mackintosh
  • BBC News

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image caption, The accident took place on Friday evening when a pod hit a pole and sent the passengers down the rocky hillside.

In southern Turkey, one person was killed and 10 injured after a cable car cabin crashed into a broken power pole and exploded.

Commuters fell after a sub-pole collapsed near Antalya on Friday evening.

The entire cable car system was immobilized while emergency personnel tried to evacuate the stranded passengers.

The Ministry of Justice said that an investigation has been launched into the accident.

A total of 128 passengers were rescued from 16 cable cars in Antalya's Konyalti district on Friday night, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Agency.

However, officials said that 43 passengers were stranded till Saturday morning.

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image caption, Search and rescue operations continued throughout Saturday for those trapped in cabins at the Dunektepe cable car facility in Antalya's Konyalti district.

On Saturday, seven helicopters and more than 500 rescue workers, including specialized mountaineers, were at the scene, the Turkish Interior Ministry said in a social media post.

Turkey's Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca also paid his respects at X.

May God have mercy on our citizen who died in the accident,'' he said.

“I wish the injured a speedy recovery, and the rescuers and rescued victims a speedy recovery.”

According to information on its website, the cable car has 36 cabins that can accommodate six people each.

It takes an average of nine minutes to hike up to the Dunektepe facility with panoramic views of Antalya.

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