Harrowing new video has emerged of the Italian cable car tragedy which killed 14 people last month showing how close the passengers were to safety before the cabin shot down a mountain to its doom.
The cable car was carrying the passengers up a mountain overlooking Lake Maggiore in the western Alps when it dropped 1,000ft away from the station shortly after 12pm on May 23.
Together, the two new videos - recorded from inside and outside the mountain-side station and released by Italian media - show the 20 seconds of terror leading up to the fatal crash.
One of the videos shows the carriage was just feet away from arriving at the station, when the passengers would have been unaware they would never arrive.
Seconds later, a cable snaps, sending the car and the passengers inside careening back down the mountain while they were being brutally thrown around the cabin.
The second video outside the station shows the car as it flew down the cables at 60mph, before ultimately crashing at the bottom, killing 14 onboard. There was just one survivor, five-year-old Eitan Biran, from Israel.
Seconds from disaster: A still grab from the harrowing video shows the moments leading up to the Italian cable car crash on May 23. The cabin is seen approaching the station while a worker prepares to greet the 15 sightseers onboard
The carriage almost reaches the station, before it jerks backwards as a cable snaps and shoots back down the mountain. An engineer is seen standing still in disbelief, before running frantically around the station, unsure what to do about the unfolding disaster
The cable car is seen jerking backwards, causing the passengers inside to be thrown to the floor of the carriage, likely unaware of what was happening
The footage - which MailOnline has chosen not to use - first shows the cabin full of sightseers looking out of the window at the spectacular views of the Italian alps.
But as the carriage nears the station, a cable snaps causing it to suddenly jerk backwards, beginning 20 seconds of terror for those inside.
The passengers inside are thrown to the floor of the carriage as it begins to hurtle back down the cables.
Another angle shows how close the cable car got to arriving at its destination, before it started to slide back down the hill.
An engineer is shown in the station preparing for the arrival of the carriage when it slows, and a second later, lurches backwards, shooting away from the station.
For a moment, the man stands still in disbelief, before running frantically around the station, unsure what to do about the unfolding disaster.
In a matter of seconds, the carriage reaches a pylon on the hill holding the cables, where it can be seen flying off and falling out of view behind the crest of a hill where it crashed, killing 14 people onboard.
The horrifying footage shows the cabin flying back down the cable at about 60mph before it crashed down to the ground
In a matter of seconds, the carriage reaches a pylon holding the cables, where it can be seen falling from them and out of view behind the crest of a hill, where it crashed
Images from the crash site near the top of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region of the western Alps showed the crumpled car in a clearing of a thick patch of pine trees near the summit of the Mottarone peak overlooking Lake Maggiore, a popular tourist spot.
May 23 was a sunny day in the area, and many families were taking advantage of the weather to enjoy a day out after lockdown.
It is thought that 13 passengers were killed instantly, while two young children aged five and nine were airlifted to Turin's Regina Margherita children's hospital.
Had the emergency brake worked, the car would have remained hanging on the supporting cable. Investigators are still trying to ascertain why the first cable broke.
Only Eitan Biran, from Israel, miraculously survived the tragedy in the Alps, but his mother and father, younger brother and great-grandparents were all killed.
Hospital spokesman Pier Paolo Berra said the other child died after several attempts to restart his heart failed and 'there was nothing more we could do'.
The cable car was left a crumpled heap on the slopes of the mountain after it was sent crashing to the ground
Rescuers work by the wreckage of a cable car after it collapsed near the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region, northern Italy, May 23, 2021
The accident was Italy's worst cable car disaster since 1998, when a low-flying US military jet cut through the cable of a ski lift in Cavalese in the Dolomites, killing 20.
Italy's government announced a commission to investigate the disaster, which is likely to ask questions about the quality and safety of Italy's transport infrastructure.
In 2018, 43 people died when the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed following years of neglect.
In 2009, a freight train carrying gas derailed at the Viareggio station near Lucca and exploded, killing 32 people. Poorly maintained axels of the train were blamed.
Graphic shows the cable car's route after the cable snapped as the car neared the station at the top of the mountain
The three men who were arrested over the cable car crash were released from jail at the end of May, after a judge found a 'total lack of evidence' against two of them.
Officials said that service manager Gabriele Tadini was put under house arrest, while technical director Enrico Perocchio and the head of the cable car operating company, Luigi Nerini, were released.
All three remain under investigation for suspected involuntary manslaughter and negligence over the tragedy.
In Italy, judges must approve continued detention of suspects and usually order pre-trial detention only under special circumstances, for example when the accused is a flight risk.
The three men were detained after Tadini admitted to investigators that he had deactivated an emergency brake system that could have prevented the crash.
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