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UPDATED: 16:42, May 24, 2004
4 deaths confirmed in roof collapse at Paris airport
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Four people were killed in the roof collapse at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle international airport in Paris, an official of rescue operations confirmed Monday, revising the death toll down from the preliminary report of six.

"In the current state of things, there are four dead and three light injuries," said Col. Frederic Monard, commander of the rescue operations.

French authorities said earlier that at least six people were killed and three others injured as a 30-meter portion of the concrete, steel and glass roof caved in at the Terminal 2E of the airport Sunday morning.

Among the victims were two Chinese, who were members of a trade delegation from a Beijing-based company.

The new terminal was inaugurated only last June.

An investigation into the cause of the accident has been under way, which is likely to focus on faults in the terminal design or possible shortcuts in the construction, reports said.

Source: Xinhua

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