Approximately 150 people were stranded on top of the world’s highest observation wheel last weekend, according to reports, with recent footage emerging showing passengers sliding around as the ride malfunctioned.
The High Roller Observation Wheel on Las Vegas Strip stopped working last Friday night due to “a network connectivity issue involving one of the cabins” that caused the ride to stop rotating, the ride’s owner Caesars Entertainment told KSNV.
Passengers were suspended 550 feet in the air for around 90 minutes while engineers worked to resume the wheel’s rotation and safely disembark passengers, according to KSNV.
Some of the stranded passengers recorded the terrifying incident and shared their footage on TikTok, racking up millions of views, Newsweek reported.
One video, shared by TikTok user @esmyyyyyy, shows passengers lying on the floor with their feet pressed against the glass windows as the pod tilts. “Scariest moment ever,” she said in the video.
In another video shared by @esmyyyyyy, she said that everyone starting calling 911 because “we thought we were going to die” and described the situation as being “really scary.”
A TikTok video shared by@loveeemartha shows people sliding down the pod, ending up pressed against a glass window.
One clip, shared by @pinedaivan17, shows a man hanging onto a rail “for dear life” to stop himself from dropping to the other side of the pod.
All passengers safely disembarked the ride and received refunds, according to Caesars Entertainment.