History provides an important prelude to our current predicament.
Accordingly . . .
More than anything the lesson of the Kansas City Hyatt Disaster has been that developers, builders and civic boosters never realize the dangers of their grandiose schemes until it's too late.
Sure, this is also a story of survival, resilience and civic unity . . . Which aren't really applicable in the post-COVID era.
Check-it . . .
In 1981, 114 people were killed and more than 200 were hurt when two skywalks collapsed during a dance in the lobby of Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.
For the documentary special, KMBC conducted more than a dozen interviews with survivors, victims’ families, first responders, and witnesses – including KMBC reporter Micheal Mahoney, who, along with a photographer, captured the only images of the immediate aftermath of the collapse. The documentary features much of this exclusive footage.
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At a time of increased scrutiny of the integrity of structures, KMBC is set to air an hour-long documentary on the worst structural disaster of its time - the 1981 Hyatt skywalks collapse. KMBC 9 Chronicle: The Skywalk Tapes will premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KMBC with an encore airing on KCWE at 8 p.m.