City Says It Didn't Inspect Airport Unit That Fell

Mar 26, 2013

The city of Birmingham says it didn't inspect airport unit that fell and killed a young child.

  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. 

  Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.