Those looking to experience thrills and adventure need look no further than the Orlando StarFlyer.
The Orlando StarFlyer is the world’s tallest swing ride attraction standing 450 feet high. It has 24 seats, no age limit, and no weight limit, making it a unique attraction that appeals to the young and old and the adventurous and not so adventurous. It's known as a family-friendly high thrill experience.
Those daring enough to take a spin are seated in a double seat next to their friend that is deeply walled and fitted with double seat belts that include an “in-between the leg harness” that can only be unlocked by the operator. The ride then travels up and down and around the giant tower and can operate in winds up to 45mph.
On September 18, 2020, a 21-year-old park worker fell from about halfway up the StarFlyer just before 8 am. The worker was performing a daily inspection when he plummeted to a platform below the ride, which is located at ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando. He went into cardiac arrest, according to the first responders who were called to the scene.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office told Click Orlando that crews used a platform truck to reach the man who was then taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
“It’s a shock. (We are) saddened by it. Any time there is an injury or something of this nature, it’s extremely sad,” said John Stine, director of sales and marketing for StarFlyer. “We’re holding up and supporting each other.”