Saudi Arabia Partly Blames Binladin Group for Mecca Crane Crash

At least 111 people were killed and more than 350 wounded when a crane collapsed into a mosque last week.

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
A crane collapsed over the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 12, 2015.
A crane collapsed over the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 12, 2015.Credit: AP

AP - Saudi Arabia has in part blamed the construction giant Saudi Binladin Group for the collapse last week of a crane at a Mecca that killed at least 111 people and injured over 350 ahead of the hajj.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday that leaders of the Binladin Group have been banned from travelling abroad.

A royal decree by King Salman said investigators found that the group, which oversees construction projects at one of Islam's holiest sites, shouldn't have left the crane's arm up when it wasn't in use.

That crane crashed to the ground in high winds Friday.

Salman also ordered 1 million riyals ($267,000) be paid to the relatives of those killed, and the same amount to those permanently injured. Others injured will receive half that amount.

Comments