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Girl, 13, dies after being thrown off ride at China park

BEIJING — A 13-year-old girl died after being flung out of a fast-turning ride at an amusement park in southwest China.

China’s product safety regulator said late Saturday that an initial investigation showed her seatbelt had broken and a passenger safety bar did not fit tightly enough at the Chaohua Park in Fengdu county, part of Chongqing municipality.

Cellphone footage carried by state media showed the girl flying out of the ‘‘Travel Through Space’’ ride on Friday afternoon. Media reports said she fell onto iron railings and was taken to a hospital, where she died.

The West China Metropolis Daily reported Sunday that the girl’s family had reached a compensation agreement with the park for their only child’s death amounting to $127,000. It also said the ride had passed a routine quality inspection in December.


The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine said that it had asked Chongqing authorities to suspend all the park’s large amusement facilities to ‘‘carry out checks and eliminate hidden dangers.’’

In a separate development, a fire at a foot massage parlor in eastern China on Sunday killed 18 people, state media reported.