City Says It Didn’t Inspect Airport Unit That Fell

airport sign falls

A lawyer for the city of Birmingham says a large
cabinet housing flight information monitors that toppled and killed a
10-year-old boy inside a newly renovated airport terminal wasn’t inspected by
the city after installation.

The monitors were installed in a $201 million upgrade at Birmingham’s airport.
Assistant city attorney Steve Stine said Tuesday the monitor display didn’t
require city inspection under municipal code because it wasn’t a structural
component of the building.

The lawyer says the unit that killed Luke Bresette was a free-standing cabinet
housing video monitors that rested on the floor, similar to a home entertainment center.

The child’s mother and a brother remain hospitalized after being struck Friday 
as the family was traveling toward home in Overland Park, Kansas, following a
Florida Panhandle beach vacation.

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