Airport tragedy anniversary: Remembering Luke Bresette

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Saturday, March 22nd, marks the one-year-anniversary of 10-year-old Luke Bresette’s tragic death at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The Bresette family had just wrapped up a spring break vacation when the unthinkable happened. A top-heavy flight information display board (MUFID) tipped over, crashing down upon the family.

Luke Bresette was killed. His two brothers suffered broken bones and his mother, Heather, suffered a cracked pelvis and head injuries.

A balloon release was held at Luke’s School in Kansas City shortly after the accident. CBS 42 was there and spoke with Luke’s uncle, Alex.

“I couldn’t have picked a better cousin for my son,” Alex said.

The Bresette family filed a lawsuit in June against contractors involved in construction at the Birmingham airport. Since then, shocking information about the display board installation has been revealed in court documents.

Monumental Contracting was dismissed from the lawsuit after emails were released between Monumental and Brasfield and Gorrie and Bloc Global, along with other contractors. Those emails show employees with Monumental warned other contractors several times that the MUFID was not safe.

One year later, the Bresette family is trying to move on. Tim Dollar, attorney for the Bresettes, spoke to us on their behalf.

“They’ve received a tremendous outpouring of compassion and support from the city of Birmingham and their hometown,” Dollar said. “And that gives them comfort. But as anyone might expect, it has been a terribly devastating set of circumstances and they’re relying upon their faith and the support of family and friends to move forward.”

Airport employees will participate in a moment of silence Saturday at 1:30 to honor Luke Bresette.

The Bresettes and their attorneys will be in Birmingham November 3rd for the start of the trial.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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