Crane operators from the United States and Europe have helped save the crane that was carrying out crane-cutting operations in Egypt’s Nile Delta, where the country’s economic collapse has led to a surge in the number of displaced people.
According to local news media, the crane, called the Fattah-1, was carrying more than 50 workers to the port of El-Saleh when the operator reported a fire.
According the Egyptian Red Crescent Society, the fire was caused by a malfunctioning crane operator.
Egyptian Red Crescent President Mohammed Morsy, who attended the ceremony, told reporters that the workers were safe and the fire could have been avoided.
The crane, owned by a subsidiary of Egypt’s Al Sisi Group, had been on a two-day-long operation to move about 100 tons of cargo.
It was transporting grain to the city of Alexandria when it stopped due to a fire, the Egyptian government’s emergency response agency reported.
According a government statement, the cargo was being moved from the port city of Ashgabat to the airport in the city’s commercial district.
The disaster happened in the coastal city of Giza, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) southeast of Cairo.
The fire started around 5 a.m. local time (10 a.