BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Page by page, the full picture of how the flight information display board collapsed is beginning to emerge.
We sought the expertise of Paul Speyer, who has a strong background in building science. According to Speyer, the design calls for a foot rest on the display board to allow passengers to actually lean on the board while looking for flight information.
Also, in the KPS report back to Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC Global, entire sections of the report are blacked out. What is visible is a sentence reading, “FIDS station not operational and not plumb.” That means the structure wasn’t straight– it was leaning.
Based on the documents we have available, Speyer confirms the display board was designed to stand freely, without anchors or bolts.
“There is some wording in the specifications regarding attachment,” Speyer says, “But it’s not reflected anywhere else that I can see.”