Power cut behind elevator crash at Aswan monument
Egyptian-Russian Friendship Monument in Aswan, by Endlisnis via Flickr

CAIRO: A power cut was revealed as the preliminary reason for the crash of an elevator located near the Aswan High Dam this morning; eight people were reportedly injured, Youm7 reported through security source Saturday.

The source told Youm7 that the elevator stopped at the first floor, and the workers tried to lower it manually, it suddenly fell 30 meters.

In a Saturday statement the Ministry of Irrigation said that maintenance was performed on the crashed elevator in December 2014 by the manufacturing company.

The elevator was one of three that located in the Egyptian-Russian Friendship Monument near the dam. The elevators are used to lift visitors up to view the High Dam and the surrounding area.

The Ministry’s statement mentioned that some visitors were injured, and were all transferred to hospital for treatment.

The 72-meter tall lotus-shaped monument was erected in recognition to the Soviet Union’s contribution in building the High Dam in Aswan in the 1970s.


Additional reporting by Abdullah Salah

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