Six Malaysians missing, 10 injured after Mecca crane crash

Saudi officials stand near damage caused by a collapsed crane at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sept 11, 2015.
Saudi officials stand near damage caused by a collapsed crane at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sept 11, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Six Malaysian haj pilgrims who were at the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the crane collapse have been declared missing.

Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said on Saturday (Sept 12) that the six have been identified but cannot be traced.

"This morning at about 4am Saudi time (9am Malaysian time), it was said that the six made up of two men and four women have been identified but not found.

 

"They might still be somewhere in the mosque or any of the many small clinics set up around there. So we are considering all possibilities," he said during a press conference at the TH hotel in Kelana Jaya.

He asked for the families to be patient and added that the government was doing its best to trace those missing.

"In addition to that, 10 other Malaysians have been injured...There are seven men and three women, all of them are in a stable condition," he said.

A heavy sand storm on Friday evening led to a crane collapsing on the Grand Mosque. At least 107 people were killed and 238 people injured.

At present there are a total of 22,320 Malaysian pilgrims in Mecca. The total number of pilgrims there is currently two million.