Statement on Wall Collapse Released by Airport Authority Board of Directors

      {}{} The Birmingham Airport Authority has released a statement after a wall of flight information monitors collapsed Friday afternoon, killing 10-year-old Luke Bresette and injuring his family members.

      The statement:

      "I am Gaynell Hendricks, Chairwoman of the Birmingham Airport Authority. I am joined here by Mr. Al Denson, President and CEO. On behalf of the entire Birmingham Airport Authority, first of all I want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of the child who passed following an accident Friday at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. Our prayers are for the child and his family, especially those who are continuing to recover from this unfortunate event.

      President and CEO Al Denson and the staff are continuing to work with officials to investigate. This includes discussions with contractors and subcontractors responsible for the modernization of the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.

      Please be assured that we are making every effort to ensure that no other visitor to this facility faces a similar tragedy in the future."

      {}{} Birmingham Mayor William Bell said in a statement Saturday that he has talked to the father, Ryan Bresette, and says that he is heartbroken and wants answers.{} Mayor Bell says he cannot come close to understanding the Bresette's heartbreak, but that he will get answers.{} He says he has called on the airport authority to toughly investigate the incident and that he wants a full report on the wall collapse on his desk as quickly as possible.