Fourth-floor walkway in the Kansas City Hyatt Regency

Fourth-floor walkway in the Kansas City Hyatt Regency
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Storyboard Description

Thirty years ago this month, on July 17, 1981, a fourth-floor walkway in the Kansas City Hyatt Regency collapsed under the weight of spectators observing a dancing event in the atrium below. The walkway fell onto a second-floor walkway, which in turn collapsed under this weight, and both structures plunged into the crowded hotel atrium, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200 others. The cause of the collapse was ultimately traced to box beam-hanger rod connections, which even under the walkway's dead load were near failure and thus could not adequately sustain the additional weight of the spectators.

Storyboard Text

  • Sir, the walkway has a problem. (In Phone)
  • You're, right it should be implemented prepare a formal documentation regarding this. 
  • Okay, I'll check on it...
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