Paris Airport Terminal Evacuation a Precaution

No Roof Collapse This Time

The evacuation of approximately 2000 people from Terminal 2E at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on December 24th turned out to be a precaution.  Passengers were temporarily ushered out of the terminal for a short period while maintenance crews worked to clear ice and snow.   While no problems developed with the building structure, deteriorating winter weather caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

 Given the history of the facility, it is easy to understand why officials took the cautionary route.  On May 23, 2004, less than a year after it was completed, a large section of the concrete shell roof of the terminal collapsed resulting in several casualties.

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2 Responses to “Paris Airport Terminal Evacuation a Precaution”

  1. aerospace engineer
    January 24, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

    • mkev
      January 24, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Thanks for the comment. Coming from someone knowledgeable in airplanes, you are likely aware that long span structures like terminals and hangars, especially flat or low slope ones, are susceptable to a number of different problems including roof failures or collapse in snow storms. A dramatic collapse from last year was the Dulles Jet Center hangar failure. It happened last February duing the storms that hit the DC area. For more detail see this article from describing the Dulles Jet Center collapse as a good starting point.

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