The lift at the Gudauri ski resort in Georiga, a country in Eurasia, went out of control, moving backwards quickly. Video captured by onlookers shows the lift sliding backwards, as well as operating at much higher speed than it appears to have been meant to run.
'People began to jump from different altitudes, panic began.
In the terrifying footage, the ski-lift is seen rapidly carrying riders in reverse down the hill, flinging them into the air.
Yuri Leontyev, 32, is from Belarus and was at the ski lift with two friends.
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The lift accelerated to twice the normal speed, throwing people off of their chairs in all directions as they reached the bottom of the slope.
Others couldn't jump in time and were thrown out of the chairs.
The Interior Ministry said it launched an investigation into the incident. Apparently, the ski lift had been closed for repairs for a week but reopened on Friday morning, shortly before the accident.
According to Reuters, at least eight people were injured but are expected to survive.
The Mountain Resorts Development Company blamed the malfunction on a faulty rope in the lift system. A second person, a woman from Sweden, is pregnant "and feels pain in her waist".