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Ski jumps in Erzurum seriously damaged - constructional faults the cause?

on 2014-07-26

The ski jumping facility in Erzurum, Turkey, was seriously damaged by a landslide last week. Now experts blame faults made during planning and construction of the 2010 inaugurated jumping hills.

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the modern ski jumping center of Erzurum, Turkey, was seriously damaged by a landslide. In early afternoon the plastic mattings on the landing hill had started to undulate and the hotel located on the ski jumping facility was already evacuated. Short time later large parts of the landing hill of large and normal hill and neighbouring spectator stands slid down. Luckily people did not get harmed.

Currently a group of experts is investigating the amount of damage on the ski jumping hills, which will sure be millions of dollars, and its causes, where a first report is expect in two months. So far it became already public that the foundations of inrun towers, which should usually be running into the ground for at least 25 meters, shall be only one meter long in the case of the Erzurum hills!

Ahmet Ercan, Professor at TU Istanbul, explained furthermore in Turkish newspaper Hürriyet: "Usually the loads in the upper part of a ski jumping hill are reduced in order to minimize the possibility of a landslide. But these engineers increased the load instead by creating two artificial ponds in the upper part of the hills. It is surprising and embarrassing that these kind of mistakes were made in such a project."

The ski jumping facility "TürkTelekom Ski Jumping Towers" in Kiremitliktepe district of Erzurum had been completed in 2010 for around 20 million Euros. HS 140 and HS 109 were then stage of the Winter-Universiade 2011 and in 2012 Junior WSC were hosted there. Together with junior hills K65, K40, K20, which are just like the competition hills equipped with plastic mattings, the only ski jumping facility of Turkey served as training center of Turkish ski jumpers, who now move their activities to Finland, the home of new headcoach Pekka Niemelä.



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TUR Erzurum (Kiremitliktepe)

Links:

tr.eurosport.com - Erzurum'daki atlama kulesi çöktü
tr.eurosport.com - Erzurum'da çok büyük tehlike atlatılmış


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