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Family of Valujet Crash Victim Receives $4.5 Million

Amount: $4,500,000
Court: St. Louis, Missouri
Plaintiff’s Counsel: Jamie R. Lebovitz

Plaintiff was a passenger on board Valuejet Flight 592 on May 11, 1998, when it crashed into the Florida Everglades. This McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 took off from Miami, Florida destined for Atlanta. Shortly after takeoff, the flight crew reported smoke in the cabin and cockpit. Apparently, on the morning of May 11, 1996, ValueJet was loaded with many oxygen generators in the plane’s forward cargo hold. The generators had been maintained by SabreTech, Inc. which failed to install shipping caps over the percussion caps to prevent accidental initiation of the chemicals. The NTSB concluded that the conduct of ValueJet, SabreTech and the FAA all contributed to this tragedy. Decedent was survived by a husband and two minor children.

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