Airport Authority statement reveals truth about display boards

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — For nearly two weeks the questions have lingered. Why? What caused it? What should be done to prevent another accident from happening?On Thursday, the Birmingham Airport Authority finally offered a few sobering answers about the display boards involved in the tragic airport accident on March 22, 2013.

According to a statement released by the Birmingham Airport Authority’s President and CEO Al Denson, the display boards were never attached to the wall – something some eyewitnesses claimed was likely on March 22.

“The Multi User Flight Information Display System (MUFIDS) that toppled over was a free-standing device which had no connection to a wall,” Denson said on Thursday.

Contractors installed support systems on the remaining units located in the concourse until a more permanent solution could be implemented, but on April 2, Denson ordered the units to be taken down instead.

But why were the units taken down on April 2 and not earlier?

According to Denson, he learned on April 2 that “certain contractors and others on the construction team had serious concerns about the safety of [the] MUFIDS and the risks they presented before the accident.”

The Airport Authority is unaware of the full extent of the measures that may or may not have been taken to address the concerns.

However, Denson said on Thursday that based on information he had, no persons affiliated with the Birmingham Airport Authority had knowledge of the potential safety risks.

As a result of the findings, the Airport Authority wants answers.

“We believe that Brasfield & Gorie – BLOC Global Joint Venture, KPS Group, Fish Construction and Monumental Contracting Service should address these matters directly and promptly,” Denson said.

For now, the Airport Authority is focused on more important matters.

All members of the Airport Authority will attend the funeral service for Luke Bresette.

Bresette was killed in the accident on March 22, 2013.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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