They Hyatt Regency, Kansas City Skywalk Collapse of July, 1981

Today’s podcast goes just a few years back and focuses on the skywalk collapse that happened at the Hyatt Regency, Kansas City hotel back in July, 1981.  The collapse had one main reason for failure, and some circumstances that might have even prevented it, had the suggestions been met with proper acknowledgement instead of disapproval from those in charge.

As usual, you can download the podcast at this link, find us on iTunes, or listen to it in the embedded player below.

Sources for the podcast are as follows:

The links to each of the video segments are in five parts.

Finally, here’s how the lobby looked back in 1981 (the third floor walkway is closest to the camera, with the second floor and fourth floor below and above, in the background):

And here’s how the lobby looks after the disaster; note that the overhead walkway is only one single walkway, not three, and it is supported from the ground below:

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2 Responses to They Hyatt Regency, Kansas City Skywalk Collapse of July, 1981

  1. Kristi

    Update on the amputee victim you mentioned. Though he was able to be rescued from the collapse, he unfortunately died a short time later.

    • walterh

      That was a pretty horrific accident. I was in Kansas City this past week, and walked by the Hyatt, so your comment is quite timely!

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