The nightmare began at about 11 p.m. ET Friday, while Business Week production supervisor Nicholas White was working late, and decided to take a cigarette break.
The elevator got stuck between floors of the 51-story Rockefeller Center skyscraper, with White inside. He kept calling for help, but no one answered. He said the elevator is equipped with both an emergency alarm button and a surveillance camera.
Nick White told CBS News that he became terrified when his calls for help went unanswered.
He also banged on walls, pushed every button and tried to escape through the elevator ceiling.
Building management blames a power voltage dip lasting one-tenth of a second that held the elevator stationary just above the 13th floor.
Rockefeller Center officials were still trying to figure out how White could have remained unnoticed for so long.
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