Officials responsible for Gudauri ski lift accident resign
23 March, 2018
Officials responsible for Gudauri ski lift accident resign
Due to the ropeway incident in Gudauri on March 16, Deputy Director of Mountain Resorts Development Company and Head of Gudauri Mountain Management Department have left their posts.

First Vice-prime Minister, Minister of Economics and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili said at a briefing on March 23. He said that the ropeway operator has also been resigned.
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First Vice-prime Minister, Minister of Economics and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili

At the briefing the first Vice-Premier revealed a preliminary conclusion of the company
"Bureau Veritas" regarding the incident. He said that March 16, the Gudarui incident occurred because of human error after voltage drop there.
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Ski lift in Gudauri

“It has been revealed that on March 16 a voltage drop caused suspension of the ropeway’s work,” Kumsishvili said adding that the ropeway operator failed to act relevantly.
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Damaged ski lift in Gudauri

“According to the recent conclusion, the operator has made a mistake. The actions carried out by him were not in compliance with the actions, included in the instructions. Therefore, it was a human error factor, "Kumsishvili said.
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According to Minister of Economics and Sustainable Development, the ropeway operator failed to act relevantly

Energo Pro Georgia power operator reiterates that there was not voltage drop or power suspension in Gudauri resort zone on March 16. Energo-Pro Georgia expresses its readiness to submit experts the documents confirming that there was no delay in electricity supply or any voltage drop in the Gudauri resort zone on March 16.

“The initial conclusion of the international experts may involve any gaps in the internal, local power network of ropeways, including the voltage drop. However, JSC Energo-Pro Georgia does not have any information on the fault of the local network as the company does not carry out the operation of the network, therefore it is not responsible for its functioning. JSC Energo Pro Georgia expresses its readiness to submit experts the documents confirming that there was no delay in electricity supply in the Gudauri resort zone on March 16, "the statement reads.

As a reminder, 11 people been injured in a ropeway crash in Gudauri resort on March 16. One of them was  pregnant citizen of Sweden, 6 citizens of Russia and 4 citizens of Ukraine.
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11 people been injured in a ropeway crash

International experts from the French international company Bureau Veritas and of the Ministry of Internal Affairs arrived in Georgia’s winter resort of Gudauri to investigate the ski-lift accident.
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International experts arrived in Georgia’s winter resort of Gudauri

Experts from the Austrian Doppelmayr Garaventa group, which installed the ski-lift in 2007, were also present for studying the cause of the malfunction of a ski lift.
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The ski-lift was installed in 2007 by leading Austrian manufacturer Doppelmayr

Nearly half of the injured tourists, who were from Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, and Sweden, have been discharged the same day of the incident as they suffered minor injuries.
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A pregnant woman from Sweden has been discharged from Tbilisi Mediclub Georgia hospital on March 20

A pregnant woman from Sweden has been discharged from Tbilisi Mediclub Georgia hospital on March 20, as her pregnancy and health condition were not at any risk.

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