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Lack of punching shear reinforcement in the concrete shell structure, and dynamic movement of passengers are expected to be named as main causes of the partial collapse of Terminal 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, when investigators report next week (NCE 27 May 2003).

Failure occurred where the two footbridges entered the terminal and this is now believed to have caused unusual local stress concentrations, according to local press reports in Paris this week.

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