Gangway leading to world's largest cruise ship collapses, killing 15
(11-16) 02:20 PST ST. NAZAIRE, France (AP) --
Flags flew at half-staff in this industrial port city Sunday as it mourned the deaths of 15 people killed when a crowded gangway leading to the docked luxury ship Queen Mary 2 collapsed.
The accident Saturday at the world's largest and most expensive oceanliner initially claimed 13 lives, but two more people had died of their injuries by Sunday morning, officials in this city in western France said.
About 30 others were injured, with some hospitalized in serious condition, rescue officials said.
The gangway was installed Friday for a weekend visit by construction workers and their families of the nearly complete oceanliner before its maiden voyage planned for January.
As dozens of people crowded onto the gangway, the structure collapsed, pulling down scaffolding holding it up at one end, sending people plunging 50 feet to the ground. Bodies were entangled with the wreckage.
From Yahoo News - The 150,000-tonne vessel -- which is 345 meters (1,140 feet) long, 41 meters wide and stands as high as a 23-story building -- will be able to accommodate some 2,600 passengers and 1,250 crew members.
They just don't build gangplanks like they used to. If the frenchies can't even build a proper gangplank, what makes them think they can build the biggest ship in the world. That vessel is fuckin' cursed, man. You wouldn't catch aboard that titanic.