Terrifying footage has emerged of a teenager being thrown through the air from a large spinning carnival ride after dangling precariously while the ride made a number of rapid rotations.
In the harrowing footage, the ride continues to make its orbital spins as the teenage girl slips and hangs upside down before eventually being flung through the air and into the distance away from the ride.
Children and onlookers nearby can be heard screaming as they watched the helpless teenager slipping, while the ride continues to spin. She is eventually flung helplessly from the ride in front of the carnival goers.
The incident took place in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, in a carnival in the El Quinche neighbourhood.
While the carnival where the incident took place was in the process of obtaining a licence to operate, one had not yet been obtained.
Since the incident, an official inspection resulted in the carnival being shut down.
Official sources said authorities were investigating a number of possibilities as to what caused the incident, including technical failure. They are also investigating the possibility of human error.