(Pittsburgh) -- An eminent domain commission has found that the western Pennsylvania site where United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001 was worth more than the government paid, but far less than the former owner claimed.
A three-person commission has released a report in Pittsburgh saying the 275-acre site is worth about $1.5 million.
The Department of the Interior condemned the property under eminent domain in 2009, and paid Michael Svonavec $611,000 for it. Svonavec claimed in a lawsuit that the property was worth about $23 million.
Svonavec wanted to turn the property in to a museum, but the National Park Service built the Flight 93 National Memorial there.
Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when passengers fought back against the hijackers.
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