The wreckage of the crushed lift at a construction site in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, in 1993. Photo: SCMP The wreckage of the crushed lift at a construction site in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, in 1993. Photo: SCMP
The wreckage of the crushed lift at a construction site in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, in 1993. Photo: SCMP

‘We can’t build Hong Kong on fatalities’: Chris Patten’s plea after lift crash killed 12

  • The 1993 accident resulted in the city’s first corporate manslaughter conviction
  • Brakes on the overloaded lift failed, causing it to drop 17 floors and kill all onboard

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The wreckage of the crushed lift at a construction site in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, in 1993. Photo: SCMP The wreckage of the crushed lift at a construction site in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, in 1993. Photo: SCMP
The wreckage of the crushed lift at a construction site in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, in 1993. Photo: SCMP
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