Grade 3 class gets stuck in Calgary Tower elevator for an hour on field trip

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A field trip to the Calgary Tower for a Grade 3 class barely got off the ground Tuesday before the skyscraper’s elevator got stuck, stranding the group of children for an hour.

Eleven students from McKenzie Towne School, three parent volunteers and a Calgary Tower staff member were stuck about one metre off the ground in the elevator after it malfunctioned before being rescued, according to the Calgary Board of Education.

Students were able to “comfortably sit down,” eat snacks and play games while they waited, the CBE said in a statement.

The group was in constant contact with Calgary Tower and CBE staff while they were stuck.

Following the incident, the field trip “continued as scheduled and the class arrived back to the school on time for afternoon dismissal,” according to the CBE.

“Part of the inherent risks related to off-site field experiences are unanticipated situations,” it said in a statement.

“We are thankful to our staff and volunteers for their actions and responses when things did not go exactly as planned. Our teachers continued to keep the attention and focus on learning throughout the remaining time on the field trip.”

It’s the latest in the saga of elevator trouble for Calgary’s iconic landmark.

Last July, an elevator cable inside the 191-metre-tall tower snapped, forcing the rescue of passengers suspended 12 storeys above street level.

No one was injured.

The incident forced the four-month closure of the attraction, which reopened in November.

The tower’s elevators had failed in mid-June, nearly a month before the July malfunction. In the June 18 incident, a group of seniors in frail health descended the tower by stairway.

Elevator service contractor ThyssenKrupp Elevator Canada said they ensured the system was meticulously assessed and retooled before the elevator was put back into use.

It added that the servicing met government and industry safety standards following inspection and certification.
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