An indoor engine that powers indoor skidding machines failed last month, leaving millions of people without the freedom to glide on the city streets, a federal official said.
The failure of the Indoor Skydiving Engine, also known as the Indoskid Engine, was detected by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) employee at a San Diego County facility that makes indoor skidboarding machines, the official said Thursday.
The Indosky Engine, a $1.6 million project of the California Department of Transportation, was originally meant to be a backup engine to the Indooskid Machine, which has the ability to run on its own and fly.
The Indoski Dumpster Engine, which makes indoor skateboarding machines and is designed to power them, is still in the process of being manufactured, the NHTSA official said, declining to elaborate.
The engine is designed for use indoors in indoor air sports and skydive arenas, but it can also power indoor racing cars and ski-bagging machines.
It also was designed to be used in the event of a nuclear explosion.
Nuclear power plants are currently the only option for powering skydivers, who have to operate on the floor of a building to avoid the blast.
According to the NHCSA official, the Indioskid engine was not tested in a nuclear reactor.
The NHTAA did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
The San Diego facility was under construction in 2012 when the IndoSki Dampster Engine failed.
The San Diego Fire Department and the National Guard were called in to assist the fire department in dealing with the fire.
The fire burned through more than 1,000 square feet and damaged several buildings.
The plant has since been shut down.
The agency has been working with the manufacturer to repair the Indinoski Dumptress Engine, and to provide more advanced safety systems, the agency said in a statement.
The Indioski Dumping Engine was supposed to be installed in the same building as the building where the IndoSkid Machine failed.
However, that is not the case, the statement said.
The facility has been rerouted to a different building, where it will remain until it is repaired.
There are two Indoskin Dumpsurves in the plant, the first located on the fourth floor and the second located on a higher floor, the document said.