November 19, 2000 |
Leaking lubricant, set ablaze by flames or intense heat, caused the cable-car fire that killed 155 people in an Alpine tunnel, a newsmagazine reported Saturday. But investigators, who the day before had suggested that a study of lubricant found at the Austrian site had been inconclusive, called the report speculation. Germany's Focus magazine said it learned that more than 13 gallons of the flammable liquid had leaked from one of the two driver's compartments at each end of the funicular train.
November 12, 2000 |
Fire and smoke raced through a packed cable car carrying skiers through a 2-mile-long tunnel here Saturday, trapping and killing at least 170 passengers in an inferno so intense that nothing was left but the car's undercarriage and the incinerated remains of victims.
December 8, 2000 |
Lifts on Kitzsteinhorn glacier reopened to skiers Thursday, nearly one month after a deadly fire in a cable car tunnel killed 155 people. The gondola lift began carrying skiers from the village of Kaprun to the glacier at 8 a.m., the Austria Press Agency reported. The lift service was stopped after a fire broke out Nov.
November 13, 2000 |
Rescue workers braved toxic fumes and unstable wreckage Sunday to begin retrieving the charred remains of at least 155 skiers and snowboarders, including eight Americans, from the grisly tomb under Kitzsteinhorn mountain where they suffocated and burned to death a day earlier in the worst Alpine disaster in modern history.
November 15, 2000 |
A stout red candle flickers on Ursula Kipper's desk, a silent tribute from City Hall co-workers still unable to grasp that her own warmth and light will never again fill the empty third-floor office. Kipper, 12 city government colleagues and 19 of their friends and family died together in Saturday's cable car inferno in the Alpine resort of Kaprun during what was supposed to be the City Hall ski club's annual play-together-and-stay-together outing to enjoy the first weekend of the season.
November 14, 2000 |
Forensic investigators delved Monday into the grisly task of matching dental records and DNA samples with the charred remains of at least 159 people killed in a horrific ski cable car fire inside a tunnel under Kitzsteinhorn mountain. As helicopters ferried the first 66 bodies to a morgue in nearby Salzburg, the U.S. Army acknowledged that eight Americans from military facilities in Germany had perished in the blaze.