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SkyScreamer at Six Flags stops midway through thrill ride

  • The SkyScreamer at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park stopped on Sunday
  • Park officials in New Jersey said the ride came to a halt about halfway through
  • Passengers were aboard the couple minute ride which turned into a 15 minutes
  • The swinging ride was closed down for the remainder of the day for inspection 

A Six Flags amusement ride came to a screeching halt on Sunday afternoon, leaving passengers feeling petrified as they were stuck in their seats for several minutes.

32 riders were aboard The SkyScreamer at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson Township, New Jersey at the time of the unexpected event.

Park officials said the ride came to a stop about halfway through due to technical issues.

The Six Flags SkyScreamer ride stopped midway through Sunday in the air

The passengers were aboard the couple minute ride which turned into a 15 minutes.

Spokeswoman Kaitlyn Pitts told NJ.com: ‘Our team returned the ride to its home position and guests safely exited the ride on the ground.

‘The safety of our guests is our top priority and the ride will be closed for a thorough inspection before re-opening.’

Park officials said 32 passengers were aboard the ride when it stopped due to technical issues

The SkyScreamer for the remainder of Sunday for inspection

Park officials said 32 passengers were aboard the ride when it stopped due to technical issues

Park officials closed The SkyScreamer for the remainder of Sunday for inspection.

Six Flags website states the swinging ride elevates to 242 feet, with a top speed of 42 mph.

‘You’re sitting in a swing chair, dangling loose 24 stories up, getting hurled around in a 98-foot circle at nearly highway speeds – talk about airtime,’ the website states.

‘All you’re going to feel is air, with your feet dangling in the sky and hair blowing in the wind. The world far below you is making more revolutions per second than you can count.’

The Skyscreamer amusement ride is seen above during operation in this 2012 photo 

The Skyscreamer amusement ride is seen above during operation in this 2012 photo 

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