High Winds Blamed For Crane Collapse in Saudi Arabia

High winds were to blame for the toppling of a massive crane that smashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque and killed at least 107 people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage, the head of Saudi Arabia’s civil defence directorate said Saturday.

The disaster during a violent thunderstorm that roared through Islam’s holiest city late Friday afternoon was the deadliest incident in years surrounding the hajj, which gets underway in full later this month.

Images shared on social media showed a horrifying scene. The crane boom pierced through the roof of the mosque, bringing down slabs of reinforced concrete and leaving bodies lying amid pools of blood on the polished mosque floors as frightened survivors screamed in panic.

  • mobuyus

    islam and heavy construction equipment should never really mix. This equipment needs intellect logic and reason to erect, maintain and operate safely, and sadly these concepts are alien to islam.

    • Consider the labour the Saudis use because they are too inbred for it themselves.

      • Exile1981

        Except in Mecca where only muslims are allowed.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Given their inability to disbelieve any anti-Semitic/anti-West conspiracy theory, combined with inability to ever shut up, I would suggest the Islam and cell phone technology are a bad mix, too.

    • Dana Garcia

      Very true. At the same time, crane accidents are more common than you might think. Gravity rules.


      • mobuyus

        I read a book on gravity the other night, I couldn’t put it down.

  • simus1

    It is allah’s will.

  • canminuteman

    I suppose we are expected to react sympathetically to this because of all the innocents injured. But remembering what the Islamic worlds reaction was to 9-11, screw them, Ill laugh at their misfortune.

    • Let’s dance and give candy to our children!?!?! Damn I just can’t bring myself to be as ignorant and savage as they are.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Nobody has suggested that. Cool your engines…

    • Mickey Oberman

      I feel bad about.
      Allahu Akbar let them down — again.

    • Xavier

      They were in a mosque, therefore not innocents.

    • Justin St.Denis

      There are no “innocents” in Islam.

  • Martin B

    I suppose it’s a sign of progress that the Soddys blamed high winds instead of djinn or Jews.

    • mobuyus

      I still think some poor schlep will get his head cut off over this.

    • Mickey Oberman

      No fear. They will blame Jews for the high winds or the rapid rusting of the crane or the bribing of the operator or Israeli birds pooping on the overloaded crane or someone in Israel sneezing too hard.
      They already have a committee of Islamic scholars preparing a factual, well researched report.

    • tom_billesley

      Global warming djinns.

    • Justin St.Denis


  • Miss Trixie

    Dear Furface – “High Winds BlameD” … Please correct, thanks.

  • Shebel

    It is the WILL of the one True GOD.

  • Chris

    Ontario government to send millions in aid in wake of tragic crane collapse.

    • Chris

      Mulcair calls for automatic citizenship to all Saudis in wake of tragedy.

      • Chris

        Trudeau……well he just said “uh” and “um” a lot, blamed harper and won the election

  • Good news for a change.

  • fart

    They supposed to have invented maths?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Everybody experiences the occasional brain fart, I suppose. Maybe this is one of them…

    • Surele Surele

      they did not.
      from wiki (I know, I know): Just remember, the Babylonians and Egyptians at the time were not Arabs, and definitely not Muslims.

      “More complex mathematics did not appear until around 3000 BC, when the Babylonians and Egyptians began using arithmetic, algebra and geometry for taxation and other financial calculations, for building and construction, and for astronomy.[21] The earliest uses of mathematics were in trading, land measurement, painting and weaving patterns and the recording of time.”

  • Ron MacDonald

    Allah’s will.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Bin Laden Group doesn’t have a great track record with the safety of large structures.

  • DMB

    I thank Karma for it for a Bin Laden crane collapsing on a mosque in Mecca on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York.