Airport Authority: Contractors had safety concerns about display system

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
A view of the new terminal at the Birmingham Airport (WIAT-CBS42 Scott Packard)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — According to Birmingham Airport Authority President and CEO Al Denson, certain contractors and other members of the construction team had concerns about the safety of the Multi User Flight Information Display System (MUFIDS) and the risks they posed prior to the March 22, 2013 accident.

Denson said he and other members of the Birmingham Airport Authority are still not sure what was done or considered to address the concerns.

In addition, Denson said he has asked whether anyone associated with the Birmingham Airport Authority had any prior knowledge of the safety issues.

According to the statement, the Authority believes that “Brasfield & Gorrie – BLOC Global Joint Venture, KPS Group, Fish Construction and Monumental Contracting Service should address the matters at hand directly and promptly.”

Denson also noted that, until a permanent solution is found, he ordered that the MUFIDS be taken down.

The units were taken down on the night of April 2, 2013.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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