BREAKING: Theme park ride breaks in mid-air and plunges to ground – girl, 19, dead

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A THEME park ride has broken apart in mid-air and plunged dozens of riders to the ground, killing at least one.

Horrifying footage has emerged showing the moment the daredevil ride snapped during a 360-degree swing and plunged downwards.

Riders were strapped in as the metal pendulum arm, with a counterweight balancing a giant open-air platform holding thrill-seekers, dramatically snapped in half.

Screams of joy and delight turned into cries of pain and horror as the circular platform slammed into the ride’s metal frame at speed.

(Pic: WILL STEWART)

(Pic: WILL STEWART)

The horrifying scenes took place at the Istiklol amusement park in Jizzakh, a city in the ex-Soviet state of Uzbekistan.

Uzbek authorities say one teenage rider has been killed, but they have yet to specify if there were injuries to other riders.

The victim has been identified as a female with the initials MH, aged 19.

(Pic: WILL STEWART)

Jizzakh is 125 miles southwest of capital city Tashkent.

The amusement park is on the bank of the River Sanzar.

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