Officials determine what caused zoo sky ride to stop

(Provided Photo/ Jamie Hayes)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A team of engineers have investigated why the sky ride at the Indianapolis Zoo stopped this weekend, stranding several passengers in their cars.

A zoo spokesperson said a drive-shaft in the gearbox of the gondola broke, which caused the gondola to stop.

Zoo officials said a team of engineers from Chance Rides is investigating.  The Indiana Department of Homeland security will conduct inspections.

Chance Rides is the company that designed the sky ride which is above the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center.

The engineers flew in from Wichita, Kansas, where the company is based.

Officials say the defective drive-shaft was replaced and the disabled gondola is now operating properly.

Friday, the zoo plans to meet with technicians to review results of testing and inspections and discuss next steps. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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