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Pilot union criticises Thorpe Park ride

A new ride planned by Thorpe Park has been called ‘tasteless’ by a pilot’s union.

The comments from the British Airline and Pilot Association (aka Balpa) are in regards to a new 38 metre(125ft) rollercoaster set to be built under the theme of ‘urban devastation’ and would include the wreckage of a plane on the set. The union said the plans were too sensitive due to the park’s location close to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

A spokesman for the union said that Thorpe Park was urged to rethink the ride. He said that the last think families want to think about when so close to an airport is a tragic crash. He added that plane crashes are rare but are devastating nevertheless.

Thorpe Park’s director Mike Vallis said that the pieces of the plane would not be intended to resemble a crash but instead simply the theme of ‘urban devastation’. He said most of the scenery would be buildings and other structures that appear to be damaged and that the plane would be just one part of it. Vallis pointed out that Thorpe Park is a theme park and wished to create an ‘immersive experience’ for guests and it was necessary to use bits of everything on the ride to create such an experience.

Thorpe Park, which is located near Chertsey, has since submitted plans for the new attraction to Runnymede Borough Council.

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