Birmingham Airport Authority announces increased safety measures following fatal accident

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Birmingham Airport Authority today announced additional steps to ensure the safety of travelers and visitors at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport following the tragic accident on March 22.

Airport Authority President and CEO Al Denson announced that all Multi User Flight Information Display Systems (MUFIDS) have been removed from the facility, and an independent structural engineer has been employed to advise the Authority on all aspects of safety related to the MUFIDS.

"Our goal is to ensure the safety of each traveler and visitor at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport," Denson said. "This matter still is under investigation, but it was imperative that we take immediate steps as soon as we learned of additional, pertinent information."

Following a meeting of the Airport Authority earlier today, Denson announced that two remaining MUFIDS were removed Tuesday night. Initially, the units had been secured with temporary supports following the March 22nd accident. Denson said he called for their removal after learning on Tuesday morning that certain contractors and others on the construction team had serious concerns over the safety of the MUFIDS and the risks associated with them before the accident.

Denson said he has inquired as to whether anyone associated with the Birmingham Airport Authority had knowledge about these safety issues before the accident. "Based on the information I have to date, no one affiliated with the Airport Authority was aware of these concerns before the March 22nd accident," Denson said.

The investigation into the accident that claimed the life of 10-year-old Luke Bresette and injured three of his family members continues, Denson said.

"The investigation is ongoing at this time," he said. "We are committed to making sure this never happens again."

Source:{} Birmingham Airport Authority Release