One hundred seven people and counting met their demise September eleven two thousand fifteen when a large crane collapsed near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This crane actually ended up toppling over the Grand Mosque in a strong rain storm. Two hundred thirty eight people were also injured.
This crane smashed through the Grand Mosque’s roof. Strong winds and heavy rain may have attributed to this incident. Construction work was being performed on this mosque with this crane that ended up killing over one hundred people.
Governor of the Mecca region, Prince Khalid al-Faisal requested creation of a committee to investigate this incident. Several other cranes were also used in recent construction on the Grand Mosque. However, none of those cranes toppled over.
Perhaps coincidentally or not, Osama Bin Laden’s family owns Saudi Binladin Group, a construction company chosen to complete expansion of the Grand Mosque. An owner of this red and white crane is not yet known. Multiple videos and pictures of this alleged accident are available on the Internet.
This crane supposedly toppled through the Grand Masque roof at 10:23 AM Eastern time. Locals claim that trees were uprooted by a heavy rainstorm. Also, locals claim that if this crane had toppled over at different times, perhaps over a thousand people would have possibly met an early demise.
This Great Mosque of Mecca or Masjid al-Haram is the world’s largest mosque. I was not able to obtain exact dimensions and weight of this crane. This crane eventually stopped moving on third floor of this mosque.