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Offline thaiga



                                                Today in Thai history

On 13 August 1993, the Royal Plaza Hotel in Khorat collapsed killing 137 and injuring 227

The Anniversary of the Royal Plaza Hotel Collapse in Thailand


The aftermath of the August 13, 1993 Royal Plaza Hotel Collapse in Thailand

"On 13 August 1993, the Royal Plaza, a 6-storey hotel complex in the northeastern province of Thailand collapsed with little warning, killing 137 and injuring 227. "



"The investigation committee chaired by the author found that three additional stories were constructed without permit and without strengthening the structure. Most columns on the ground floor carried a load near their strength limit for almost 6 years before one of them failed due to a long-term creep. The failure of one colum caused the progressive collapse of all the other columns within a very short time, leaving little time for occupants to escape. While a new regulation was put in place requiring an independent third-party check for all public buildings, the engineer ended up in jail."

Newspaper Articles:

World IN BRIEF - THAILAND - Hotel Collapses With 300 Inside
The Los Angeles Times
August 13, 1993

A six-story hotel in a provincial capital collapsed while about 300 people attended meetings inside, an official radio station reported. The report said it was not known whether there were any casualties in the collapse of the Royal Plaza Hotel in Korat, 136 miles northeast of Bangkok. The radio station of the Mass Communications Authority of Thailand said the collapse occurred at 10:10 a.m. local time. The report said about 300 people were attending seminars and meetings at the hotel. There were no other details.

Court orders five to pay Bt152 million compensation for Korat Hotel collapse
By The Nation

The Nakhon Ratchasima Court of Appeals has ordered five defendants to pay Bt152.23million compensation to a company for a hotel building that collapsed in 1993, killing 137.

The defendants were Nakhon Ratchasima Municipality, Wongsinthai Limited Partnership, its owner Amorn Janrattanapreeda, engineer Sathorn Promnin, and design-and-construction-supervising engineer Bampen Panratissara.

The plaintiff was the Royal Plaza Hotel.

"This case should serve as a reminder to every local administrative organisation to never approve an inappropriate construction plan," the company's lawyer Weerasak Boonperng said yesterday. "People's safety must come first".

The compensation will be subject to 7.5-per-cent annual interest rate from August 13, 1993.

When the Royal Plaza Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima collapsed that day, 137 people were killed and many others injured.

Most of the dead victims were teachers attending a seminar at the hotel.

Royal Plaza Hotel Company has already compensated all the victims.
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So, even that long ago Korat had long term creeps!
 

Offline nookiebear

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I had only stayed there a month before,,,,,perhaps it was my extra weight that became the 'nail in the coffin' :cheers
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So, even that long ago Korat had long term creeps!
Seems to be more nowadays :lol
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The property has been vacant since.  Ask your Mrs and she'll tell you that people are afraid that 137 ghosts will occupy any new structure built there. 

There is another hotel near the Night Bazaar #2 that has also added an extra floor many years ago, without permission or a permit.  Many Thais refuse to go there because they fear that hotel may collapse.

A Thai friend of mine was on the designing committee when The Mall was built and he told me that the car park was not designed to be overloaded with cars double and triple parked.  He told me that the next time I park on the basement level to have a look at the pillars and ceiling.  Well, I have and to my discovery found cracks not only in many of the pillars, but on the ceiling as well.  Look close enough and you can actually see a curvature to the ceiling in some places. 
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Don't forget the car park of Klang Plaza Chomsurang that came down during construction just over that entrance facing the moat and did a few workers. When the building was still new you could see many people just run in or out of that entrance for fear it might come down again. That car park had its worst happening, when in 1995 during the Worldtech Fair at then new SUT near that same spot a pickup ran through the wall on the fourth floor, not only killing most of the dozen teenagers it had on the back, but also squashed the vendors and shoppers under the roof below. I think there were altogether 21 dead, don't know how many only injured. I'll never forget the picture of that hole in the wall of the car park where that pickup came out and the remains of the roof the car had landed upon still lying around! I think news of that were even kind of suppressed to keep damage from Korat's first really big show: the Worldtech 95, that pickup-load of teenagers had come to visit. I guess the organizers figured such news would have kept more from visiting the city and its highly popularized show, for which they made the whole city look a lot more appealing.

I really can't understand those people wanting to stay in the city of Korat so much; you can't rely on the same safety standards applied as in most Western cities. The rapid development in Korat goes at the price of unimaginable accidents.
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sicho

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The property has been vacant since.  Ask your Mrs and she'll tell you that people are afraid that 137 ghosts will occupy any new structure built there. 

There is another hotel near the Night Bazaar #2 that has also added an extra floor many years ago, without permission or a permit.  Many Thais refuse to go there because they fear that hotel may collapse.

A Thai friend of mine was on the designing committee when The Mall was built and he told me that the car park was not designed to be overloaded with cars double and triple parked.  He told me that the next time I park on the basement level to have a look at the pillars and ceiling.  Well, I have and to my discovery found cracks not only in many of the pillars, but on the ceiling as well.  Look close enough and you can actually see a curvature to the ceiling in some places.

There's a new rough surface outdoor car park behind The Mall. It's a few yards walk but I might use that in future.
 

Offline thaiga

Hotel collapse victims remembered 24 years on


file photo : Royal Plaza Hotel , Nakhon Ratchasima

 Survivors of the Royal Plaza Hotel tragedy came together on Sunday to make merit to those who died during the collapse of the building 24 years ago.


Most of the victims were government teachers attending a seminar at the hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima on August 13, 1993.

The collapse killed 137 people and injured 300.

“I still remember vividly what happened that day,” said Chavalit Tantaseraneewat, a former inspector general with the General Education Department.

Chavalit, who lost his right leg in the incident, blames substandard construction for the collapse.

“I hope hotel operators and construction-supervising engineers will all work hard and strictly uphold their ethics so that no such tragedy ever takes place again,” he said.

The Nation

Cause from wiki

The main reason for the collapse was the addition of floors without properly considering the strength of the structure and soil stability. The original permit, issued in 1983, was for a three-storey building with one underground floor and later during 1985 local authorities approved conversion of the building to a hotel but construction permission was not officially sought for the three additional floors until 1990. There were many errors including not strengthening foundations and columns, and not assessing the strength of the existing columns which later culminated in one of the worst building tragedies of Thailand.[1]
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Offline Crashedapp

If anyone could post a link on google maps (or a good description) where this happened I would appreciated it.


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Offline Johnnie F.

If you walk from Yamo along Poklang Road towards the train station, it was on the second block to your left (between Chomsurang and Poklang Road, as far as I remember. I was in the bar in the basement a couple of times. I think it was called Chaopraya.
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