North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Top Stories

April 4, 2013

Birmingham airport removes flight-information displays after fatal accident

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Airport Authority has removed the remaining flight information boards from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport today, after concerns about their safety in the wake of death of a 10-year-old boy.

BAA president Al Denson announced the removal Thursday, after he learned that the remaining displays may still have safety issues following the March 22 accident that killed Luke Bresette and injured his mother and two brothers.

“Our goal is to ensure the safety of each traveler and visitor at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport,” Denson said in a statement. “This matter still is under investigation, but it was imperative that we take immediate steps as soon as we learned of additional, pertinent information.”

The BAA board of directors has hired Barter and Associates, an independent structural engineering firm from Mobile, to investigate the safety concerns around the display boards.

Denson said that he learned Tuesday that some of those involved in the construction project were concerned about the free-standing boards and risks they might pose. “We do not have a full understanding of what was done or considered to address these concerns. I have inquired as to whether anyone associated with the Birmingham Airport Authority had knowledge about these safety issues. Based upon the information that I have to date, no one affiliated with the Authority was aware of these concerns before the accident,” Denson said in a separate statement.

Denson ordered the remaining boards to be removed Tuesday. Additional supports for the boards were installed after the accident.

The boards were part of the recent renovation of the airport’s terminals.

Text Only
Top Stories
Featured Ads
NDN Video
GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House
Twitter Updates