One killed and seven injured after cable car support collapses in Turkey | Turkey

A pylon supporting a cable car collapses on the outskirts of the Turkish resort city of Antalya, killing one person, injuring seven others and leaving nearly 200 stranded in the air.

Antalya Mayor Muhytin Bocek said in a statement late Friday that a helicopter with night vision was deployed to rescue 184 people stranded inside the cable car.

Rescue teams attempt to rescue stranded cable car passengers. Photo: Associated Press

“Our specialized team is here. God willing, we will rescue them all in a short time,” Bocek said.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said the casualties occurred when one of the cabins of the Saris Tunektepe cable car system plunged into a rocky area due to the collapse of a pylon.

Five people on board were evacuated by helicopter, but two others were still waiting to be moved, he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Yelikaya said about 110 emergency workers had been dispatched to the site of the collapse, and professional mountaineers were being flown in from other parts of Turkey.

Ozgür Ezer, leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said a group of 10 opposition lawmakers also went to the scene to “investigate the accident in detail.”