Four men accused of causing the shutdown of a flight at the San Diego Zoo, stranding more than 100 people in mid-air, are US Marines, military officials said.
The faces of the four men, all in their twenties sabotage charges On Saturday, January 29, there was an unfortunate accident on the Sky Fary air tram, McClatchy News reported.
In a statement to McClatchy News, a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said the men are based in Yuma, Arizona, but are in San Diego for training.
“We are committed to being good neighbors to the San Diego community and will continue to work with local authorities as they continue their investigation,” the statement read.
The statement said the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing had launched its own investigation into the incident, which it described as “contrary to our fundamental values.”
McClatchy reported that the men were accused of shaking the gondola during the ride, causing an automatic shutdown at around 2 p.m. PST, leaving the riders suspended in the air for up to two hours.
“We were just hoping to go get down Soon, contestant Hussain Al-Hamdami told KSWB.
San Diego firefighters reported at 4:30 p.m. that all of the people trapped on the flight had made it to the ground after it restarted. There were no reports of injuries.
The ride, which features 28 gondolas that seat up to four people each, gives riders ” Airborne acronym On the treetops to the other end of the zoo, and … stunning views of the zoo and surrounding Balboa Park, according to the zoo’s website.
The men shook the gondola hard derailedflight was halted, police told KFMB. They are scheduled to appear in court on February 8.