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Faulty lift foils Burj Khalifa again

Visitors to the Burj Khalifa were trapped between floors again after a lift broke down for the second time inside the world’s tallest tower which only opened a month ago

Passengers descending from the 124th floor observation deck within the super-skyscraper were trapped for 45 minutes last Saturday following an electrical fault.

The 15 passengers holed up in the lift were able to escape back to the observation deck after staff placed a ladder in the shaft.

One passenger said the sound caused by the initial fault was like ‘a small explosion,’ according to The Times.

A spokesperson for the owners, Emaar Properties, said: ‘Technical issues with the power supply are being worked on.’

Visitors to the 828-tall tower pay £75 for on-the-day entry or £18.60 for queued entry, timed for two days after.

Previous story (AJ 11.1.10)

Jammed lift traps 14 in world’s tallest building

Visitors to the Burj Khalifa’s 124th-floor observation deck were trapped for over an hour on Saturday following a lift break down

A group of 14 visitors to the world’s tallest tower, including a child, got trapped in an elevator during an ascent to the 124th floor, which usually takes only 60 seconds.

The lift jammed at a height just 12m below the 442m-high outdoor observation deck.

The 828m-tall Burj Khalifa, which opened to a global fanfare last week, has 57 elevators that can each hold up to 14 people and travel at 10 metres per second.

A spokesperson for Emaar properties told Gulf News: ‘The elevator of at the top was briefly stalled and operations were resumed soon after. Visitors were safely transported to level 124.

‘The safety of our guests is of paramount importance and all elevators in Burj Khalifa are tested and function to the highest safety standards’.

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