United, American Airlines Settle 9/11 WTC Developer’s Claims
The attacks, the worst to hit the United States, left an estimated 3,000 people dead.
American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to a US $95.1 million settlement with the developer of the World Trade Center over the 11 September 2001 attacks, ending 13 years of litigation.
Insurers will cover the payout to World Trade Center Properties, owned by developer Larry Silverstein, according to court papers filed on Tuesday, 21 November.
Six weeks before the attacks, Silverstein signed a 99-year lease for the site, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
After the suicide airliner attacks that felled the Twin Towers, Silverstein received from his own insurers $4.55 billion in settlements, after years of negotiations.
But, he also fought to receive damages from American and United, whose hijacked planes were used in the attacks.
He initially sought US $12.3 billion from the airlines and airport security companies.
Now the two sides have reached a settlement that must still be approved by US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein.
The 11 September attacks on the Twin Towers by hijackers loyal to al-Qaeda killed more than 2,750 people.
Another hijacked plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, while a fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
Altogether, around 3,000 people died in the attacks
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