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February 13, 2010

Though I give the place too much credit

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Their cover story blown, the owners of Minas Morgul must now account for the tourists trapped in an elevator for the better part of hour 124 floors up in the world's tallest building.

Visitors on the observation deck half-mile-high Burj Khalifa heard a loud boom, then saw dust that looked like smoke seeping through a crack in a lift door.

The 15 people inside were trapped for 45 frightening minutes until rescuers managed to pry open the doors. One of those trapped in the elevator said that the lights went off and the car began to fall before the brakes kicked in.

Because the elevator was apparently stuck between floors, workers had to drop a ladder into the shaft so those inside could crawl out.

Judging by the comments, Daily Mail readers view the plight of the Burj Dubai with some degree of ambivalence.

I hope they are in the good graces of osama bin laden or he will have some idiots run into the building as soon as he buys his own planes. Twice as tall as the world trade center just imagine the pictures of that falling down, they should have tv cameras in the upper floors so we can see the looks on their faces on the way down.

- john burgess, andover ny USA, 10/2/2010

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 13, 2010 12:28 PM