A 10-year-old youngster who was heading home to Kansas after a week-long family vacation to Florida, was killed last Friday when a 300-pound flight information board fell from its mounting at the Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport in Alabama. Also injured in the extremely unusual accident was the boy's mother, who broke both ankles and fractured her pelvis. As of Monday she was still hospitalized and unconscious, with no knowledge of what happened to her son, Luke Bresette.
The family of seven also sustained injuries to 5-year-old Tyler and 8-year-old Sam. Tyler was diagnosed with a concussion and Sam with a broken leg and nose. The dad, Ryan Bresette of Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, and his two eldest children, were uninjured.
The signage board, similar to those found at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and airports worldwide, required six people to lift it while emergency medical staff attended to the injured. It took another dozen bystanders to hold the sign up. Investigators will be looking into what caused the massive board to fall. An identical board at the airport was taken down on Saturday by order of airport management. The Birmingham airport had just completed a major renovation, with the concourse where the sign fell just re-opening on March 13.