Amusement park riders spend hours at 300 feet

Twenty people were left trapped hundreds of feet above the ground when the Knott's Berry Farm ride they were on, WindSeeker, apparently malfunctioned on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

September 19, 2012 8:56:50 PM PDT
The Windseeker attraction at Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm broke down and left 20 riders who expected a three-minute thrill dangling 300 feet over the amusement park for nearly four hours.

Knott's spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey told several media outlets the ride, which lifts fun-seekers high over the park with their legs dangling and spins them in a circle, malfunctioned at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

TV news helicopters showed all the riders being lowered to the ground and helped off shortly before 8 p.m., long after the park had closed and dark had fallen.

There were no injuries and no indication anyone was in danger.

Riders sat calmly as they waited in the air, some casually swinging their legs.

The ride also left people stuck in the air on Sept. 7.