'New cracks' reported in Paris terminal roof

Last updated at 14:41 24 May 2004

Construction workers have today been evacuated from the Paris airport terminal where a roof collapse killed five people at the weekend, after new cracks were reported in the ceiling.

A spokesman said the workers were evacuated from terminal 2E as a precaution. They had been clearing the rubble and attempting to ensure the building is safe after the accident.

"Police evacuated the building as a precaution after the cracking was heard in the same terminal," said Jerome Dutrieux, spokesman for Aeroports de Paris (ADP), the Paris airports operator.

"The cracks were again in the departure hall."

Slabs of concrete, metal and glass crashed down onto a waiting area in the terminal on Sunday morning, bringing down a 50-metre long, 30-metre wide (160 by 100 foot) section of a long tube-like building at Paris' biggest airport.

ADP Chairman Pierre Graff has said the entire terminal would be torn down if the building turned out to be unsafe.

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