State says Sugarloaf Chairlift was Overdue for Inspection 

The ski lift that failed at Sugarloaf Mountain in late-December was overdue for a safety inspection.That’s according to state records which state an inspection known as a load test must be done on chairlifts every seven years.Records from the Maine Elevator and Tramway Board show that the faulty lift’s last load test was December 4th, 2003, a little more than seven years before the accident. But the state had granted the resort an extension.Eight skiers were hurt when chair lift cars crashed to the ground.A Sugarloaf spokesman says the lift was inspected before the season began and was properly licensed.