A day after part of the roof of Terminal 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport collapsed and crashed down onto a waiting area, airport officials said the building could be demolished totally if it turns out to be unsafe.
So far, four bodies have retrieved from the rubble, revising the death toll down from five.:
“If all the [structural] rings which make up this terminal are beyond repair, we will raze everything to the ground,” Aeroports de Paris Chairman Pierre Graff told Le Parisien in an interview. “We will take no risk in terms of safety.”:
The futuristic terminal, used mainly by Air France and its SkyTeam partners, opened in June 2003 and has a capacity of 10 million passengers per year. It represents a eur750 million ($898.5 million) investment. Its 60 daily flights are being diverted to other terminals at the airport, but transferring its daily passenger throughput of 20,000-25,000 is proving to be more difficult, according to ADP.:
The structural problems with Terminal 2E could delay the partial privatization of airport operator ADP, which was scheduled tentatively for next year.: