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Birmingham mayor: Lack of answers from airport unacceptable after boy's death

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Birmingham's mayor is demanding answers after an airport sign crashed, killing an Overland Park boy and injuring his mother and three siblings.

Mayor William Bell said he found preliminary information from the Airport Authority to be insufficient.

Bell had asked for a full report on last week's tragedy. He was provided a one-page report about preliminary recommendations to make status boards and other devices safe at the airport.

"This is not enough information and I would hope that the Airport Authority can and will provide a more thorough investigation into what went wrong and how it can be prevented," the mayor said. "Hundreds travel through the airport daily and it is unacceptable that we continue to wait for answers. I have asked that the Airport Authority provides us as much information as possible and to do so quickly."

Bell said he first asked for a full report on Saturday, and the one-page letter provided Wednesday was not enough.

Luke Bresette, 10, died of his injuries suffered Friday. His mother, Heather Bresette, remains in fair condition after the heavy display, estimated to weigh at least 300 pounds, fell on top of the family. Luke's two siblings have been released from the hospital.

The family was returning from a week of fun and sun in Florida. Ryan Bresette was checking him, his wife and their family in at a Southwest counter when the sign fell. He has provided updates on Facebook and thanked everyone for their prayers.

The airport issued a response just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"The Airport Authority is still undergoing a full-scale investigation, no final conclusion has been reached," the airport's marketing manager said. "We expect it to take some time to accomplish."

For more information on the recommendations for making the airport safer, click here.

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