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"Ask a vertical-transportation-industry professional to recall an episode of an elevator in free fall…."


"Ask a vertical-transportation-industry professional to recall an episode of an elevator in free fall—the cab plummeting in the shaftway, frayed rope ends trailing in the dark—and he will say that he can think of only one. That would be the Empire State Building incident of 1945, in which a B-25 bomber pilot made a wrong turn in the fog and crashed into the seventy-ninth floor, snapping the hoist and safety cables of two elevators," wrote Nick Paumgarten in April, 2008. Well, now it sounds like there are two. UPDATE: Or quite possibly not, according to further reports!

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deepomega (#1,720)

There's a second time for everything.

jolie (#16)

On the bright side, think of the great shape we'll be in a month or two from now since NO ONE WILL EVER GET IN AN ELEVATOR AGAIN AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *mouthfist*

zidaane (#373)

Add Gramercy Park Hotel to your shaky elevator lists.

NFK (#8,747)

It's even more horrible than I expected.

jfruh (#713)

Someone at Colson Whitehead's publishers needs to buy up ad space for the Intuitionist on these news stories, stat! #synergy

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@jfruh Someone at The Awl needs to get rid of the pop-up T-shirt ads. Okay, I guess it's not as bad as death by elevator.

mishaps (#5,779)

Oh my God, my nightmare. That poor woman.

lawyergay (#220)

My Dad used to have an office in a building with an Otis elevator that was so old it had a wooden floor with depressions worn in it where people had stood during the previous 75 years. I only rode in it with him once.

Um, I think the updated, actual story is somehow even worse than a freefall?

Something like this just happened here in SoCal. Are the elevators turning on us?

laurel (#4,035)

@brilliantmistake The Rise (and Fall) of the Machines

peculiarity (#93,622)

This is an excellent, excellent write-up of something similar that happened in a Houston hospital. Basically, a doctor was boarding an elevator when it suddenly took off, decapitating him. The article also illuminates how poor the regulation for elevators is — they aren't really regularly inspected or maintained. Frightening!

(My scariest encounter: I was reading and not looking when I entered an elevator in my dorm once. The elevator had not rested evenly with the floor, so it was two feet lower than I was expecting. Hurt like hell, but at least I didn't get cut in half. Elevators is serious business.)

HiredGoons (#603)

2nd greatest fear after air conditioner falling :-$

GailPink (#9,712)

That's horrible.

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