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Army helicopter cuts ski zip line in Kfar Zebian

People ride a ski lift at Mzaar Ski Resort in Kfardebian, Jan. 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Aziz Taher)

BEIRUT: The zip line at the Mzaar Ski resort in Kfar Zebian was cut, when a military helicopter’s propellers collided with the line Wednesday.

The zip line was closed to the public when the accident occurred and the falling line didn’t cause any injuries. The helicopter pilot was also able to regain control of the helicopter, which appeared undamaged according to Marketing Manager at the resort Nicole Wakim.

Wakim said that she was relieved that no one had been hurt, stating “In a way it’s a miracle as it could have been a tragedy if the zip line’s cables had landed on skiers as they are very thick and heavy.”

An Army source confirmed that none of the passengers were injured, but that the helicopter suffered minor damage.

The Army issued a statement Wednesday evening saying that "the incident happened as the helicopter was on a training mission in Faraya."

Aside from the zip line, Mzaar Ski resort is fully up and running, but Wakim is worried about the cost of replacing the zip line. The zip line is also a central attraction at the resort and has been broken mid-ski season.





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