Court: FAA Not Liable for Fatal Plane Crash

CHICAGO (AP) - An appeals court says the Federal Aviation
Administration can't be held financially responsible for the
collision of two small planes that killed a popular Chicago radio
personality nearly 10 years ago.

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued the ruling Friday
upholding a federal judge's decision in a lawsuit filed by Bob
Collins' family.

The family blames the crash on mistakes by an air traffic
controller and a lack of radar.

The appeals court says the FAA could be found to be at fault for
the crash but federal immunity protects the agency from legal
action.

The collision in 2000 also killed Collins' only passenger and
the student pilot flying the other plane in a suburb north of
Chicago.


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