Five dead in hotel lift plunge as cable SNAPS sending glass elevator falling 330ft to the ground in Bali | The Sun

FIVE people plunged more than 300ft to their deaths after an elevator cable snapped at a Bali resort.

Three women and two men were working at the Ayuterra Resort in Ubud when they got into the glass lift, which carries guests up a steep hill.

But a steel cable suddenly broke and the lift was sent crashing down the embankment.

It is understood the lift plummeted around 330ft before it smashed into the ground.

Sang Putu Bayu Adi Krisna, 19, Kadek Yanti Pradewi, 19, Ni Luh Supernigsih, 20, I Wayan Aries Setiawan, 23, and Kadek Hardiyanti, 24, all died in the horror incident on Friday.

Ketut Suwiartham, the four-star resort's chef, told local media how he heard shouting before the crash.

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He said he rushed to help the victims and alerted emergency services.

Two of the workers were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other three were died shortly after they were rushed to hospital.

Cops are now investigating why the cable broke and whether the correct safety measures were in place.

Ubud Police Chief, Police Commissioner Made Uder, said the lift's safety mechanism "did not function".

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He added: "The steel swing rope was not strong enough to pull the weight upwards, which was quite heavy, and the safety wedge or brake did not function.

"The elevator slid downwards at high speed so this accident could not be avoided.

"As a result, the five elevator passengers died."

Bali Police’s public relations head, Jansen Avitus Panjaitan, confirmed the lift did not have an emergency brake and was operating with just "one sling rope".

He said: "Regarding this incident, we will ascertain whether apart from being in accordance with the SOP (standard operating procedures), whether there was an element of negligence in this incident."

The lift runs up a sloped track between the resort's facilities on the ground level and the accommodation above.

It offers stunning panoramic views of the Ayung River valley – making it a magnet for Instagram lovers.

Guests at the resort have been relocated while authorities probe the incident.

Linggawati Utomo, who owns the resort, shared condolences to the families of the victims.

She said: "All costs for funeral rites and burial will be borne by us.

"We will also give the families some compensation."

It is understood the families have been given between IDR158.2m (£8,200) and IDR166.1m (£8,600) from social security program BPJS Ketenagakerjaan.

They have also been given a further IDR 40m (£2,000) from the resort owners to cover funeral costs.

Nyoman Suarila, the uncle of victim Kadek Hardiyanti, said: "Even if we sue, our children will not return.

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"But we believe in karma. If the company is wrong, then it will get it. That's our principle.

"If the incident that caused my nephew's death was the fault of a technician or something, it must be processed according to applicable law."

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