American, United Face Trial Over 9-11 Towers Destruction

Patricia Hurtado
Bloomberg Businessweek

AMR Corp.’s (AAMRQ) American Airlines and United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) lost a bid to avoid a federal trial over negligence claims tied to the hijacking of jetliners used in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed about 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

On the day of the attacks, two planes were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.

After the attacks, the owners sued insurers, eventually settling for $4.09 billion, the judge said. World Trade Center Properties sued the airlines seeking $8.4 billion, or the estimated cost of replacing the two towers as well as claims of negligence, the judge said in yesterday’s ruling. Hellerstein said he previously rejected the airlines’ bid for summary judgment, or a ruling before trial.

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One Response

  1. This is insane! Isn’t it the Federal Governments job to provide security for the airlines? I have flown many times and not once did the airline I was flying with do a security check on myself or my luggage. Of course they check my luggage but that is the Federal Government doing these types of checks. I have been put through a scanner again by a Federal agent. I am sure the airline had nothing to do with me standing in a line for forty five minutes while the federal officers measured peoples water bottles.

    How exactly does one sue the airline for this? They sold these people tickets? WTF that’s what their business is. How about every person killed by a knife or a gun even a piece of rope. Take the makers of these products to court. What if a VW runs over my kid? Do I sue the driver or the car company? What about the makers of the tires? Or the guy who sold this person the gas? Hell the guy that gave this guy a license or the bureau who gave this guy a license plate?

    How ridiculous!

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