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Fatal Disney Monorail Accident Report Released By NTSB

Disney World Monorail

NTSB Photo | Disney World Monorail Accident

ORLANDO, FL ( — The National Transportation Safety Board has released the findings of its investigation after the fatal accident involving two monorails at Walt Disney World back in 2009. The report is a fascinating look at Disney’s monorail operations, and perhaps frighteningly the lack of oversight that existed at the time of crash. One employee was killed.
Here is the NTSB’s official take on what went wrong:
“The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the July 5, 2009, collision between two monorails at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, was the shop panel operator’s failure to properly position switch-beam 9 and the failure of the monorail manager acting as the central coordinator to verify the position of switch-beam 9 before authorizing the reverse movement of the Pink monorail. Contributing to the accident was Walt Disney World Resort’s lack of standard operating procedures leading to an unsafe practice when reversing trains on its monorail system.”
You can read the entire report by clicking here.



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