The building has a total of 100 floors. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Nicolas G. Mertens
Nightmare became reality for six passengers last week when their elevator plummeted towards the ground.
The accident happened at the John Hancock Center in Chicago on Friday when a hoist rope broke while the elevator was in use, causing it to plunge over 80 floors with people still trapped inside.
The other hoist ropes ultimately managed to bring it to a halt a mere 11 floors from the bottom.
"At the beginning I believed we were going to die," said one of the passengers, Jaime Montemayor.
"We were going down and then I felt that we were falling down and then I heard a noise - clack clack clack clack clack clack."
Firefighters took three hours to cut a hole through the wall of the elevator to rescue those inside.
Although shaken by their ordeal, fortunately none of the passengers were injured.
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