On June 6, 2005, during the first few weeks of Kingda Ka's operation, a malfunction occurred during a test run without passengers onboard the train. The liner that surrounds the launch cable came loose and slowed the train. During a normal launch, brake fins pop up on the launch track after the train passes. The fins are designed to keep trains from rolling backward into the launching station in case the train does not clear the top of the tower. On this occasion, because the train was moving so slowly, the dozens of fins popped up in front of the train and further slowed the train. The fins were damaged when they tried to stop the train from traveling forward. Additionally, the launch cable was damaged and pieces of metal flew out of the bottom of the train. The ride was closed for two months so repairs could be made.
©2014 by Joel A. Rogers.