10-year-old boy dies after flight information display falls at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int'l Airport

Birmingham Fire and Rescue workers holding up the flight information wall at BHM that fell, killing one boy and injuring four of his family members. (


A young boy has died and three of the victim's six family members, all from Kansas, were seriously injured after a wall display of flight information boards fell on the family Friday.

Luke Bresette, 10, and two of his brothers, 5-year-old Tyler and 8-year-old Sam, were rushed to Children's of Alabama, but the older of the three boys was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m.

Sam is being treated for a broken leg and nose while Tyler escaped the incident with only a concussion. They are both expected to make a full recovery. Another one of their brothers and their sister were not injured.

The mother, Heather Bresette, is currently listed in critical condition and is being treated for two broken ankles and a broken pelvis. Her husband and the father of her five children was not injured in the incident.{}


Birmingham Fire and Rescue units responded to the newly renovated airport at 1:38 p.m.{} after the family became trapped underneath the fallen display that reportedly weighed between 300 and 400 pounds. Battalion Chief Donald Jones reported that it took eight to 10 bystanders to lift the large structure off of the victims.

The display was located outside restrooms in a public area of the airport's terminal that was opened less than two weeks ago on March 13.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell released the following statement shortly after the accident:

"I have offered our full support to the Airport Authority as they investigate what has occurred this afternoon. I have asked our public safety staff to assist this family in their time of need in any way possible as they grapple with what has happened."

Crews began an attempt to re-mount the flight information display back to the wall at around 5:30 p.m., but were unsuccessful. It has since been removed from the airport.

Officials have yet to say what caused the display to fall from the wall.

Another member of the Bresette family, Anna Bresette, has been tweeting updates on her family members' conditions, saying that her mom had broken both of her ankles and her left pelvis. She also said one of her brothers, Tyler, had only suffered a concussion while another brother, Sam, had broken his nose and left leg.