Fallen window from hotel kills tourist

A fallen window from hotel has killed a tourist on a busy Hong Kong street.

Police said the 24-year-old female tourist from the Chinese mainland was struck by the window which fell from the 16th floor of the Mira Hotel in the busy Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district on Monday.

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Fallen window from hotel kills tourist


She was rushed to hospital but doctors were unable to save her. A male friend was also struck by the window but escaped with only light injuries.

Police arrested a hotel cleaner under a law against allowing objects to fall from buildings and endanger or harm the public.

The accident sparked alarm that a window could possibly fall from the outside of a modern hotel building in a city stacked with skyscrapers.

A police spokesperson told AFP that the woman was released on bail Tuesday pending further enquiries and is required to report back in early February.

Local police officer Chan Ka-ying told reporters on Monday that the hotel windows could only be opened by staff with a special key.

“We believe that the cleaner tried to open the window, and the window immediately fell after she opened it,” she said.

The Mira Hotel made headlines in 2013 when it was chosen by whistleblower Edward Snowden as his bolthole in Hong Kong after he fled the United States carrying a trove of information on government surveillance.

The hotel did not respond to an AFP request for comment but local media said it had vowed to cooperate with authorities.

196 Comments

  1. That’s bad news from Hong Kong. Lives are being lost here.
    May the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace. Amen

  2. The hotel management should cooperate with the authorities and that the family of the deceased tourist is well compensated. The Hong Kong authority should also device means to see that this incident doesn’t repeat itself again.

  3. What an unfortunate circumstance. But how can a big hotel such as that one not be conscious enough to notice their spoilt window

  4. A very sad occurrence must have been due to careless on the part of the cleaner. May her soul rest in peace.

  5. What a tragedy, may her soul rest in peace. The manager of the hotel should always do repairs once in a while

  6. I believe this is an accident. One cannot intend to harm the public with window . May God continue to save us

  7. Is so unfortunate, on seeing the headline, I thought it happened in Nigeria. The hotel will have to pay a good amount of money, even though is not there fault. Rip to the unfortunate man.

  8. That’s too bad, but since the window was faulty the management should have replaced it with a new one…. May her soul rest in peace

  9. It was a careless mistake from the cleaner now an innocent life is lost for this. May God rest her soul.

  10. Such a tragedy, probably the hotel maintenance team has seen the window shaken but decided to ignore. Now its a sad for the entire hotel

  11. This is lack of maintenance on the structure not only the cleaner the hotel manager should also be prosecuted

  12. That a bad news, I’m sorry for decease its was by accidental not knowing that window is not good enough by push it by force.

  13. God don’t let me see what will claim my life in the process of seeking for my daily bread…really not for street hustler….

  14. So sad, may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
    All what I can say is that the cleaner did not do it intentionally

  15. This is very strange. It looks as if it was programmed to kill the tourist though it was just a misfortune.

  16. this is an act of negligence how can u possible tell me that they don’t know that the window has been faulty to the extend of pulling off totally,pls it’s inexcuseable
    they should leave the cleaner abeg

  17. For what reason will there arrest the clearer. I believe they would be happy for it kill a bad egg in the society.

  18. what a bad story,may his soul rest in peace,please the management should also find solution to the windows.

  19. God will exempt us from such evil o. What a terrible thing for someone to die because of others mistake

  20. Eeyah,it’s a very sad news,maybe if he had waited a little bit where he was coming from,he wouldn’t have been a victim.Rest in peace

  21. Its so unfortunate. What a sad way to end one’s life under seconds, if only she had taught of the window falling, I bet she should have ran fir her dear life. May her soul rest in peace. Miro hotel really need to go round their hotel to fix any faulty facility. This is sad.

  22. A yah too bad may their gentle soul rest in perfect peace. please they should look for the Engineer that build it even the Architecture that design it and get them arrested fast

  23. So sad ! I don’t think it is the cleaner’s fault but the hotel management rather,anyway may the deceased rest in peace

  24. The hotel management should cooperate with the authorities and that the family of the deceased tourist is well compensated.

  25. Rest in peace to the dead.To think that she died just because of a fallen window.The hotel management should be held responsible for this.A simple act of carelessness

  26. She just lost her life like that…. This is really sad.
    Rip ma’am and pray God will console yhur family
    Accept my condolences

  27. This kind sudden death. I’m so sad right now. May God help the poor cleaner abs may the soul of the dead tourist rest in peace.

  28. The Hong Kong authority should also device means to see that this incident doesn’t repeat itself again.

  29. This is bad,a lady who came for sight seen could not live to tell the story of what she saw.
    What a bad way to die.
    The hotel management should be extra careful to avoid this kind of a thing next time.
    RIP to the dead.

  30. What a bad way to die,may her soul rest in peace,they should check those windows to prevent this from repeating itself

  31. So sad and heartbroken news, from sight seeing to dead. May their souls rest in peace. The management of the hotel should fixed all dilapidated materials on their building to avoid future occurrence.

  32. This is mysterious. Fallen window did such to people. May her soul rest in peace and may God give their family the heart to bear the loss

  33. What an incident. Painful exit also. My condolences to her family. And as for the cleaner who was the cause shouldn’t be jail. Its just a mistake.

  34. The hotel management should be held responsible for the death and the injury sustained by the other person. And a proper maintainance check should be carried out on the hotel.

  35. It is rather unfortunate, may her soul rest in peace. I wonder if this could have been averted, yes it could have been. Building maintenance should be proactive.

  36. What a tragedic story rest in peace but the hotel staff much be purnished and must compensate the victim family

  37. That a bad news, I’m sorry for decease its was by accidental not knowing that window is not good enough by push it by force.

  38. This is unfortunate. The family of the deceased should sur the hotel. I don’t see the fault of the cleaner in this. She was only doing her job and it resulted in an accident she didn’t plan

  39. The family of the deceased should sue the hotel. I don’t see the fault of the cleaner in this. She was only doing her job and it resulted in an accident she didn’t plan

  40. An innocent lady on tourism met her death. I wonder why the window fell off, is it not fixed properly? Rest in peace.

  41. Is the widow childless if not the child just became an orphan. We should be considering that not someone left with slight injury

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