On Thursday, a bird hit a boy that was riding Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. The 456 foot tall ride is currently the tallest in the World. It begins with a blistering launch of 0 to 128 mph in only 3.5 seconds. While the roller coaster, dubbed a strata coaster, is incredibly tall, the boy was struck by the bird when the train was closer to the ground.
Right away, I thought of a somewhat similar accident on Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Celebrity Fabio was struck by a goose while riding the hyper coaster during a media event. That accident apparently occurred because birds were congregating around the water at the bottom of the ride’s first drop. The bird hitting the boy on Kingda Ka seems very random as I don’t know of any areas around that ride that would encourage birds to hang around.
Kristin Siebeneicher, a spokeswoman for the park in Jackson, N.J., said the roller coaster had already plummeted 45 stories back toward the ground and was pulling into the station when the bird struck the passenger’s face.
The boy suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital, Siebeneicher said.