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8-year-old girl fell to her death from a carnival ride in front of her mother after ignoring height restrictions

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL tragically died after falling off a carnival ride when operators ignored height restrictions.

Little Adelene Leong, who was on vacation in Adelaide, Australia, from Malaysia, was thrown 10 meters from her seat while driving an Airmaxx 360.

Adelene Leong died in 2014 while on vacation in Australia

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Adelene Leong died in 2014 while on vacation in Australia
The Airmaxx 360 Adelene fell off

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The Airmaxx 360 Adelene fell offCredit: PA:Press Association

The tragic incident happened in 2014, when the girl was hospitalized after serious injuries.

Unfortunately, the paramedics couldn’t save her.

An inquest into Adelene’s death found that the ride was the first of its kind to be imported into Australia but did not go through a required design registration process.

Instead, the certification was used for a similar ride, 7News reported.

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And although the original manufacturer recommended a minimum height of 140cm for riders traveling alone, they mandated 120cm.

Adelene was 137 cm tall at the time of her death.

The investigation also revealed that the craft was operating at maximum power and at a speed of at least 100 km/h when Adelene ejected.

Shortly before her death, she had been hanging upside down from her seat by her left ankle.

The ride was bought from Spain by husband and wife team Jenny-Lee Sullivan and Clinton Watkins and imported to Australia in 2013.

The couple borrowed over a million dollars to pay for the ride, which led to them falling into debt.

Assistant Medical Examiner Ian White said the girl’s death was “inexcusable” and could have been prevented.

He said: “I am convinced that the owners deliberately withheld this information from all relevant authorities in order to extend the entitlement of the guests to drive the Airmaxx.”

Adelene’s heartbroken mother said in a statement from her lawyer: “[It]has made my life almost uninhabitable to the point that I have to live in a parallel world where I believe this didn’t happen.”

Two weeks after Adelene’s death, Sullivan applied for the use of the Airmaxx at the Royal Sydney Show, still specifying a minimum height of 120cm.

In a complaint that was later withdrawn, she referred to an incident at the Adelaide show, but claimed “there was no fault of the ride or the operator”.

The chief prosecutor opted in 2016 not to press criminal charges over Adelene’s death.

Sullivan and her company were convicted of violating occupational health and safety laws in 2017 but were unable to pay fines.

The coroner proposed urgent reforms to rides in Australia.

He added: “There has to be a meaningful response to honor Adelene’s short life.

“Her death must be a catalyst for fundamental changes in the operation and management of high energy rides in Australia.”

Back in 2019, a woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after falling from the Airmaxxx 360 at a Hull fair.

The young woman, who was thrown “ten to 15 feet” from the ride, collided with a teenager who suffered minor injuries.

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