Saudi Arabia: Mecca Construction Crane Collapse ‘Act of God,’ Says Engineer

Mecca (AFP): The collapse of a construction crane that killed 107 people at Mecca’s Grand Mosque was “an act of God” and not due to a technical fault, an engineer for the developer said today.


The massive red and white crane, which crashed into the court of the mosque during a rainstorm and high winds yesterday, also injured around 200 people.

The engineer for Saudi Binladin Group, which is carrying out a massive expansion of the mosque, told AFP the crane, like many others on the project, had been there for three or four years without any problem.

“It was not a technical issue at all,” said the engineer, who asked not to be identified.

“I can only say that what happened was beyond the power of humans. It was an act of God and, to my knowledge, there was no human fault in it at all.”

Authorities are investigating the tragedy, which occurred as hundreds of thousands of Muslims from around the world were gathering for the annual hajj pilgrimage.

The engineer said the crane was the main one used on work to expand the tawaf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba — a massive cubed structure at the centre of the mosque that is a focal point of worship.

“It has been installed in a way so as not to affect the hundreds of thousands of worshippers in the area and in an extremely professional way,” he said.

“This is the most difficult place to work in, due to the huge numbers of people in the area.”

The crane’s heavy hook, which is able to lift hundreds of tonnes, began swaying and moved the whole crane with it, toppling into the mosque, the engineer explained.

A witness said the accident occurred during winds which were so strong they shook his car and tossed billboards around.

The development project is expanding the area of the Grand Mosque by 400,000 square metres (4.3 million square feet), allowing it to accommodate up to 2.2 million people at once.

Sudi Binladin Group belongs to the family of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.


  1. “Crane Collapse ‘Act of God’…not due to a technical fault.”
    “Sudi Binladin Group belongs to the family of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden” – Report

    You can’t make this up for a comedy skit!! Unbelievable.

    • You can’t make this up for a comedy skit!! Unbelievable. – USA Pravaadi

      Poor Rampa, he is STILL reading what I sent to him to clear up his confusion in labeling the Yazidis as Christians! But then, never mind. I had also said – take your time! Whenever time permits, you can take at the link given below.

      RIYADH // Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sanctioned the powerful Saudi Binladin Group on Tuesday over the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people days before the Haj.

      An investigative commission had concluded that the company “was in part responsible” for Friday’s tragedy, which killed at least 107 people and injured almost 400 during a severe thunderstorm accompanied by violent winds.

      The company had not “respected the norms of safety” at the site, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

      The firm’s executives have been forbidden from leaving the kingdom pending the completion of legal action against the company, SPA said.

      During the same period, the company will also be excluded from new public projects.

    • Rampa, how is this POSSIBLE?

      KOLHAPUR: Months after the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare, the police in Maharashtra have made the first arrest.

      Sameer Gaikwad, an activist of rightwing group Sanatan Sanstha, was picked up at around 4.30 am this morning in Sangli. The 32-year-old suspect runs a mobile repair shop.

      “He has been a member of Sanatan Sanstha since 1998,” said senior police officer Manoj Kumar Sharma.
      Must be a very PEACE loving bloke!

  2. You can’t make this up for a comedy skit!! Unbelievable.-Atheist Mr.Original

    Sir,Well tragic accident which killed 111 worshipers it could be comedy skit for you but those families it is biggest lost of loved ones.

    If Babu Bajrangi felt like Maharana Pratap who was on payroll after getting life sentence for Naroda Patiya massacre, I can imagine how well you are groomed and influence by RSS dirty ‘bunch of thoughts’.

    Stop making jokes on death of someone.Everyone in this world should taste their fate already written in our fate.No matter you proudly beat your chest saying Atheist.

    Jai Hind

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