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Mayor William Bell talks about Airport Authority documents

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Less than one day after the Birmingham Airport Authority released almost 900 pages concerning the renovation construction at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport, Mayor William Bell says he has looked at it.

"It bares what the Airport Authority has been saying all along about the cabinet, in which the displays were placed in," Bell said. "That that was left strictly up to the contractor and the architect."

Plainly put, the Airport Authority is not responsible for the flight information monitor that fell last month, killing 10-year-old Luke Bresette.

The documents say the architect will indemnify the Airport Authority and the owners harmless from and against damages, losses and judgments arising from claims by third parties.

Bell says it's not about placing blame.

"Nobody's trying to get in the position to say that anyone is 'clear'," he said. "This has been a tragedy that has impacted the entire city."

Bell says some of the information was wrapped up in litigation. That's why it couldn't be released.

"No one has tried to hold back or hide anything, because it comes under TSA and federal government FAA regulations," he said. "They had to exercise an abundance of caution, in particular as it relates to homeland security."

Bell says make no mistake...the investigation is still ongoing.

"I made a commitment to the Bresette family that we would get to the bottom of it and that commitment is still there," Bell said.

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