Schoolchildren hanging mid-air in Pakistan after cable car wire snaps
Rescue efforts ongoing in northwestern Allai Tehsil region, as 8 remain stranded on high-flying cable car
By Riyaz ul Khaliq
ISTANBUL (AA) — At least six schoolchildren in northwestern Pakistan were stranded in the air on Tuesday after the wire of a cable car snapped, local media reported.
Rescue efforts have been ongoing since the wire snapped in Allai Tehsil area of Khyber Pakthtunkhawa province, Dawn News, a local daily, reported.
Eight people were in the cable car when the incident took place at around 8 a.m. local time (0300GMT), it added.
Rescuers have had a difficult time rescuing the stuck passengers due to the height of the cable car, as traverses hilly areas.
"Mid-air, two wires of the cable car snapped leaving them stuck at a height of approximately 3,000 feet (approx. 914 meters)," said local official Mufti Gulamullah.
The cable car is privately run by residenta for transportation across a local river as there are no roads or bridges in the area.
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