What caused Kansas City Hyatt collapse? Reasons hold clues for Florida condo tragedy



It’s been 40 years since 114 were killed and 200 others injured when two giant skywalks collapsed in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City. Firefighters urgently worked to free survivors trapped under the collapsed skywalks at the Hyatt Regency in July 1981. Why did the high-rise Champlain Towers South condo building suddenly collapse in the pre-dawn hours on June 24? As of this past week, 94 bodies had been recovered in the Surfside disaster; 22 other people were missing. In Kansas City, scores of survivors, families and first responders still tumble into tears at the memory of the summer of 1981.


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ABC NEWS - Surfside condo collapse search efforts turn to recovery Photos
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Families were informed earlier that operations to search for survivors in the Surfside condo collapse would be ending and shift to recovery efforts. Marco Bello/ReutersAfter a brief stoppage to demolish the standing remains, search and rescue efforts resume in the rubble pile Champlain Towers South condo, July 5, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. David Santiago/APParishioners pray during a mass at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via NewscomMembers of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue team look for possible survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building. June 25, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesRescue efforts continues, June 25, 2021, the day after part of a 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Fla., collapsed.

YAHOO - 'There are people in the rubble yelling': 911 calls reveal panic, anguish at Surfside, Florida, condo collapse
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Recordings of 911 calls released from the scene of the Florida condominium building collapse reveal the chaos and anguish ignited by the tragedy that killed at least 97 people. "There are people yelling, saying they are stuck in the part of the building that collapsed," he said on the call. The whole building collapsed!” one caller told a dispatcher. Contributing: The Associated PressPersonal belongings are mixed in with the remains of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Fla. Monday, July 12, 2021. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 911 calls from Florida condo building collapse reveal panic, anguish

NPR - One Of The Deadliest U.S. Accidental Structural Collapses Happened 40 Years Ago Today
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Accidental Structural Collapses Happened 40 Years Ago TodayEnlarge this image toggle caption Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Bettmann Archive/Getty ImagesIt was another summer night in 1981. Hundreds of people gathered for a "tea dance" at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo., on July 17. How the Hyatt Regency collapse unfoldedIn 1981 β€” the same year the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside was constructed β€” the Hyatt Regency Hotel some 1,500 miles away was enjoying its second summer open to the public. Enlarge this image toggle caption Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Bettmann Archive/Getty ImagesThey would also be what doomed it. Even for Waeckerle, who had responded to other disasters, the scene at the Hyatt Regency came as a shock.

CNN - 40 years before Surfside, a collapse in Kansas City killed 114 people. Here's what we've learned from that disaster
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The cause of the Surfside collapse is still under investigationOne popular myth following the Kansas City disaster was that the song playing at the time of the collapse -- Ellington's "Satin Doll" -- somehow contributed to the skywalks falling, he said. So she taught me how to dance," Wright said. "My dad just looked at us and said, 'I don't know any way to tell you this, but your mom and Gene were killed at the Hyatt collapse,'" Wright said. Vince Ortega said he hopes rescue crews at the Surfside collapse seek mental health support. Ortega hopes the Surfside teams can benefit from the lessons learned 40 years ago in Kansas City.