Wednesday, 04. March 2015
21. 07. 14. - 16:00
This video shows the spectacular moment when a supposedly state-of-the-art ski jump area in Turkey collapsed into a ruin after builders apparently made major errors during the construction work.
Prosecutors confirmed this week that investigators including engineers as well as a geologists were on the site and found evidence of negligence and basic engineering faults during the building work of the ski jumping complex in the eastern Anatolian city of Erzurum for the 25th Winter Universiade in 2011.
The project was unveiled as example of Turkey in the modern era and was promoted as a centre to help train up a new generation of Turkish winter sports stars but that hope ended when the entire complex literally collapsed. Three of the five towers in the facility, 20, 40 and 60 metres high, totally collapsed, while the other two, 95 and 125 metres, sustained cracks in their walls, making them completely unusable.
The complex had been built by Ar Insaat, a Turkish construction firm, as part of a multi-million pound high-profile PR exercise. It was Turkey's first ski jump tower facility and cost 19 million GBP, including a hotel, landscaping, lighting infrastructure and a scoreboard. The belief was that the games would develop winter sports in the country and eventually attract the top event, the Winter Olympics, to Turkey. Turkish authorities also placed heavy importance on the Erzurum facilities amid efforts to prepare the national team for the next Winter Olympic Games in China's PyeongChang in 2018.
Erol Mehmet Yarar, head of the Turkish Skiing Federation, said: "Initial findings are that the builders used only a single metre of steel piles (which provide the foundation) in the towers' foundation which was a major mistake, as a 50 metre long steel pile was pre-specified in the architect's plans. International standards require at least 25 metre deep piles for the towers of the size of those that collapsed.
"Given that the whole complex was built in an area prone to earthquakes makes this oversight a major error."
Yarar also said heavy rains that hit the region appear to have prompted the disaster.
The full report is expected in two months after which Zrzurum Public Prosecutor's Office will make a decision on what charges would be made against whom.
The fact that nobody was killed was attributed to the fact that alert staff at the complex had noticed some cracks in the towers a few weeks before last week's collapse, and evacuation had been carried out which included sending the Turkish national team ski jump team home while checks were carried out.
It had been inaugurated in 2011 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.
Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.
Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.
Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.
First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.
Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.
Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Porn Star Arrested After High Speed Police Chase|
|Wanted Mafia Boss Captured After YouTube Baptism|
|River Turned Into Motorway In China|
|Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes|
|Tiger Cub Leaps To Its Death During Firework Show|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.