Collapsed Paris terminal'had substandard pillars'

2nd June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 2 (AFP) - The deadly collapse of part of a modern terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris a week and a half ago may have been due to several of the supporting pillars not being built to requirements, an investigative French weekly, Le Canard Enchaine, reported Wednesday.

PARIS, June 2 (AFP) - The deadly collapse of part of a modern terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris a week and a half ago may have been due to several of the supporting pillars not being built to requirements, an investigative French weekly, Le Canard Enchaine, reported Wednesday.

The newspaper quoted two sub-contractors employed by the state-owned Aeroports de Paris (ADP), the capital's airport management company, as saying 16 of the 156 pillars in the Terminal 2E "were not reinforced".

Many of the substandard pillars were in the area where a 30-metre (100-foot) section of roof collapsed on May 23, killing four people, the sub-contractors, who declined to be identified, said.

Le Canard Enchaine said the ADP had denied the allegation.

ADP management refused Wednesday to comment on the report to AFP.

Another newspaper, Le Monde, on Saturday quoted ADP president Pierre Graff as saying that all the pillars in the terminal had been bound with carbon collars when fissures had first been noticed in several of them.

According to Le Canard Enchaine, in the case of the allegedly unreinforced pillars, these collars amounted to decoration "which served no use, other than to make them look like the others".

The collapse of part of Terminal 2E has cut overall capacity at Charles de Gaulle airport by 15 percent and forced several flights to be diverted to Orly airport, on the other side of Paris.

The terminal was opened less than a year ago at a cost of EUR 750 million(USD 920 million), and was handling around 20,000 passengers a day.

© AFP

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