Hearing over Flight 93 crash site land begins

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 8, 2013 2:36 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- An eminent domain hearing is underway in Pittsburgh over whether the federal government underpaid the former owner of the land where United Flight 93 crashed on September 11th, 2001.

Michael Svonavec claims he was paid a fraction of what the 275-acre parcel was worth. The Department of the Interior condemned the southwestern Pennsylvania property under eminent domain in 2009, and paid $611,000 for it.

The Families of Flight 93 group paid Svonavec an additional $750,000 for expenses he incurred.

Svonavec claims the property was worth about $23 million.

U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose is overseeing the hearing, which is expected to last all week.

Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when passengers fought back against the hijackers.

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