Burj Khalifa closes following lift crash

10th Feb 2010
Burj Khalifa closes following lift crash

The observation deck on the world’s tallest building has been closed indefinitely after a lift broke down in the Burj Khalifa Tower.

Fifteen passengers were left stranded for 45 minutes inside the lift, which broke down as it was descending from the deck.

The Burj, which opened on January 4, was closed on Sunday after the incident.

Emaar, the building’s developer, initially blamed its closure on “unexpectedly high traffic” in the tower.

However, it later stated that electrical problems could be to blame.


The lifts were billed as the fastest in the world, ascending the 828m building at 25 miles per hour in just less than a minute.

The observation deck is the only part of the tower to be opened so far.

According to a report in The Times, the 15 passengers were eventually rescued by staff who dropped a ladder into the shaft and helped them to climb out to the observation deck.

Sixty tourists were on the deck at the time.


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