'No obvious cause' found for terminal collapse

26th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - What caused a fatal roof collapse at a state-of-the-art new terminal at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport was still unclear, France's junior transport minister said Tuesday.

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - What caused a fatal roof collapse at a state-of-the-art new terminal at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport was still unclear, France's junior transport minister said Tuesday.

"What we do know is that there is no obvious cause," Francois Goulard told French radio.

He added that he had no idea how long the judicial and technical inquiries into Sunday's incident, which killed four people, would last, but "it is likely it will be long."

Goulard added that Terminal 2E, where the collapse took place, would only be partially reopened after it was made safe for the public.

Airport director Rene Brun said earlier Tuesday that unaffected parts of the terminal like the check-in area could be opened "in a matter of weeks" if substitutes for the departure area can be found.

The head of the airports authority has said the whole building may be demolished if a design flaw is shown to be the origin of the roof collapse.

© AFP

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