Wed, May 26, 2004
New Indications Of Further Collapse
New sounds of disintegration forced evacuations near the
collapsed international terminal at Charles DeGaulle Airport in
Paris Monday. Airport officials are now thinking of razing the
entire building to the ground in the wake of Sunday's deadly
Four travellers were killed when the roof of the showcase
terminal, which was completed just 11 months ago, collapsed into
rubble. Cracks similar to those heard Monday, along with clouds of
dust, gave authorities scant warning of the disaster.
The new signs of stress came as French Transport Minister was
called before Parliament to brief lawmakers on Sunday's
"A design fault? A fault during construction? All the technical
hypotheses are possible but we have nothing that allows us to reach
any conclusions," he said. "We want to know at least the initial
conclusions and we have asked for an interim report in June."
An architect visited the crushed terminal Tuesday, but refused
to comment when questioned by reporters. Airport Director Remy Brun
said, "We don't expect to put it back into service for several
months, maybe even a year."
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