Viral video shows moment Hong Kong mall escalator malfunctions, plummets backwards

CCTV footage captured the moment hordes of shoppers are seen gliding up an escalator before it suddenly malfunctions. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)
Updated 27 March 2017
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Viral video shows moment Hong Kong mall escalator malfunctions, plummets backwards

DUBAI: Camera footage of an escalator in a crowded Hong Kong shopping mall lurching out of control has gone viral since being posted online on Sunday.
CCTV footage captured the moment hordes of shoppers are seen gliding up an escalator before it suddenly malfunctions and speedily sends people back down, causing a pile up at the bottom of the escalator.
Seventeen people were injured in the incident at Mong Kok mall in Langham Place and one eyewitness told Gulf News: “I heard people screaming. The escalator was going down but the speed accelerated.
“People started to panic and some fell down.”


ISS astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Updated 21 July 2018
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ISS astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

  • Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance
  • Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab”

BERLIN: Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart.
Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station.
Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab” with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience.

He’s not the first space musician. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and played a duet with the Barenaked Ladies while 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the Earth in 2013.
American astronaut Ron McNair planned to play saxophone from orbit with Jean Michel Jarre in 1986 but died in the Challenger tragedy.