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Bird-strike on rollercoaster: we assess saftey of Australia's rides   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Produced by Tim Roxburgh

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A young boy in the US got more than he bargained for on the world’s tallest rollercoaster this week when a pigeon slammed into his face. He suffered bruising and scratches, but was otherwise unhurt. The incident threatens to prompt a bout of anxiety about the safety of theme park rides, but one Australian expert on rides says that going on a rollercoaster is one of the safest things you could do.

(Image: Scene of the bird strike ... Kingda ka rollercoaster, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson Township, US, by Dusso Janladde on Flickr)

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David Eager - Tim Roxburgh spoke to Associate Professor of Engineering and expert on amusement park rides at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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