Worker inspecting Florida thrill ride dies after fall

A worker was killed when he plunged to his death from the Star Flyer in Orlando. Star Flyer Orlando

A worker was killed when he plunged to his death from the Star Flyer in Orlando. Star Flyer Orlando

A 21-year-old theme park worker who fell nearly 200 feet from the StarFlyer swing ride in Orlando, Florida, has died.

Stine said the ride will be closed as authorities investigate the fatal incident.

They said that the man was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 7:40 a.m. after a 911 caller reported that a worker had fallen about 50 to 60 feet onto an elevated platform, according to Orange County Fire and Rescue.

Orange County officials named the victim on Monday afternoon, following notification of his next of kin.

StarFlyer officials did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.

John Stine, director of sales and marketing for StarFlyer, told Fox 35 that the attraction undergoes daily safety and maintenance inspections, which was the case this morning. "Any time there is an injury or something of this nature, it's extremely sad".

He added: "But we're holding up and supporting each other".

Climbing 450 feet into the air, the StarFlyer, which opened in 2018, boasts to be the "world's tallest swing ride", according to its website.

Latest News