Gondola Accident in India

The photo (didn't paste with text) shows a normal 6,maybe 8 person monocable gondi. The article says a pine tree fell on a car, sending it hundreds of feet below. That's one tall pine tree! It's more likely that it fell dozens of feet and maybe rolled hundred. Anyway it's s stark accident.

Kashmir: Seven killed in cable car accident at Gulmarg
ski resort

Kashmir: Seven killed in cable car accident at Gulmarg ski resort

A police officer said a couple, two children
and a local guide were among the dead. Photograph: (ANI)


WION Web Team Srinagar, Kashmir Jun
25, 2017, 11.07 PM (IST)

Seven people were
killed Sunday when after a pine tree fell on a cable car, sending it crashing
to the ground at a ski resort in Kashmir's Gulmarg, police said. Two children
and a local guide were among the dead.

Police superintendent
Imtiyaz Hussain said seven people were killed in the accident.

A falling pine tree
hit one of the cars, snapping the car from the cable and sending it hundreds of
feet below, Gulmarg police officer Imtiyas Hussain told Reuters.

"We are combing
the forest area below the cable line to see if there are any more bodies,"
Imtiyas Hussain told AFP.

About 150 people were
stranded in other cable cars because of high winds on the Gulmarg mountain but
were later rescued. 

Condoling the loss of
lives, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered a thorough investigation into the
causes or lapses that led to the accident.

The cable car, known
as the Gulmarg gondola, is one of Kashmir's top attractions.

The gondola lift
claims to be the world's highest and transports passengers to a height of 4,100
metres for views of the snow-clad Himalayas.

Gulmarg is the only
ski resort in Kashmir, with tourists also visiting in the off-season for the

But the number of visitors have dipped in
recent years amid a spike in violence in the restive region after the death of
popular militant leader Burhan Wani last year.



  • edited June 2017

    This story prompted me to look up trail maps and aerial photos of Gulmarg (got to keep living up to my name!). The gondola seems to be the only lift apart from some beginner slopes. It's a whopper, 3 miles long with 3,500 vertical feet and a mid-station. The lower part is intermediate steepness and forested; the upper part is all expert, a long ridge with many bowls, all above timberline.  (Like Bridger Bowl in Montana, maybe). It looks like there are only a few runs through the trees on the lower mountain. The gondola line through the trees is so narrow you can hardly see it. The trees do look tall.


  • That is the unfortunate side of have trees as wind breaks. Sometimes the wind breaks the trees which fall onto the lift.
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