Feb 23 2013, 9:50am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
Poonam Bhattal crashed more than 20ft to the ground Friday in front of her horrified friends shortly after getting on the ski lift, The Sun reported.
The schoolgirl and other passengers on the four-seater chair lift may have failed to pull down the safety bar holding them in place, said Italian police. Though she regained consciousness, she died from a suspected cardiac arrest in an ambulance transporting her to hospital.
The incident occurred as pupils at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes, north-west London, were learning to ski on a week-long trip to the resort of Claviere on the Italian-French border.
"The ski lift was moving very fast and it's possible the group did not properly pull the protective bars down," said police commissioner Francesco Destro, while adding that a probe has been launched.
"She answered questions after falling and we tried to save her but she did not make it."
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