This is so terrifying! A high altitude mountain rescue is underway for dozens of people stranded in stuck cable cars in the French Alps. They’re dangling over a mile and a half up in the air after cords became crossed, causing the gondolas to completely stall.
This sounds like something out of an action movie! Three cable cars carrying 110 people became stranded in mid-air over the French Alps Sept. 8, after cords along the cables got crossed by high winds. Passengers waited several hours as technicians tried to repair the problem to no avail, and that’s when things got super dramatic! Helicopter rescue crews from France, Switzerland and Italy were called in to gently pluck people off the gondolas, which are hanging 1.6 miles off the ground in mid-air. How incredibly scary!
Before darkness fell, they were only able to get 65 passengers out and lifted to safety amid dangerous and windy conditions. The other unlucky 45 passengers are going to have to spend a cold night in thin air, as the cable cars are hanging at 12,468 ft. They were provided food, water and survival blankets to wait desperately for morning to come so that they too can be rescued and taken away to safe ground. The rescue operation for those folks is scheduled to begin at 6:30am, but what a harrowing night they’re going to have trapped in mid-air in the cold and windy alps!
The cars are stranded between Aiguille du Midi and Pointe Helbronner near France’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. It’s a popular destination for tourists, as well as an easy way for rock and mountain climbers to access the area. Normally a cable car trip up the mountain only takes 35 minutes, but the 110 unlucky folks heading up the mountain got hours upon hours inside the gondolas instead.
HollywoodLifers, what would you do if you were forced to spend the night hanging a mile above the ground? Would you freak out?