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Contractor: Airport had no knowledge of flight status cabinet stability concerns

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This is the freestanding flight status cabinet that fell on top of the Bresette family. Source: Aaron Lee This is the freestanding flight status cabinet that fell on top of the Bresette family. Source: Aaron Lee
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham Airport Authority convened another meeting Tuesday to discuss the March 22 incident in which a 300-pound flight status board fell on a family, killing 10-year-old Luke Bresette.

Representatives for Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC, the contractor that built the new terminal where the accident happened, were invited to the meeting but did not appear.

Board member Gaynell Hendricks says the absent representatives are "very disappointing." She says she expected them to be present Tuesday. However, the company did send a media statement explaining their findings.

In it, the company says the airport authority had no knowledge of the flight status cabinet's instability concerns.

The statement adds that Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC were copied on some email between the cabinet's manufacturer and installer regarding the cabinet's stability. Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC says that it doesn't appear that there was a definitive engineered enhancement reached to address the stability concerns.

Three of the cabinets were modified in some way: two were screwed into the floor and a third was cut down and secured with wooden wedges.

But the fourth cabinet, the same unit that fell on top of the Bresette family, was deemed stable after being installation by the Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC crew that did the work. The report says it was ultimately determined that "no additional stabilization appeared to be needed."

PDF: Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC media statement

The report closed by saying that Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC will continue its investigation into what happened to make the cabinet fall over. Airport authority board member Steven Hoyt hinted that the company's absence at Tuesday's meeting could possible mean a breach of contract.

After sharing the statement's information, the airport authority called an executive session and media was asked to leave.

For continuing updates on this story, please join us for FOX6 News at 10. Viewers may also follow reporter Arielle Clay on Twitter @AClayWBRC for more information.

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