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People responsible for Makkah crane crash identified

According to preliminary investigations, the main cause of the crane crash was strong winds and wrong position of the crane

People responsible for Makkah crane crash identified
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A number of engineers and project managers will soon face trial for the deaths and injuries caused by the Makkah crane crash, Saudi media has reported.

Following the conclusion of investigations into the accident, which caused the death of at least 109 and injuries of 200 pilgrims on September 11, Saudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor is due to prepare the indictment against those found guilty of dereliction of duty and submit it to the specialist court seeking their trial.

Previously, the chief prosecutor summoned experienced engineers in the field of urban construction to get their expert opinion on the crane, its use and the safety measures required. According to preliminary investigations, the main cause of the crane crash was strong winds and wrong position of the crane.

Speaking to local media, a source said that Saudi Arabian construction giant Bin Laden Group, which was named as the contractor on the site, would be committed to the ruling in this regard.

It was previously reported that the group’s nine engineers and officials were interrogated as part of investigations. They were suspected of failing to comply with construction safety regulations and its senior executives have been barred from foreign travel while investigations are conducted.

The sources further added that the engineering department of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques would submit a report on the crane.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has already ordered massive payouts for the families of those killed and injured in the tragedy.